(b. 1936, Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada)
One of the first artists to make prints at Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset, Canada, in the late 1950s, Mikkigak returned to art making in 1999. His large-scale drawings represent the aesthetic qualities of the land and its function as a mnemonic device that can trigger memories of its own prior use and significance. Written descriptions in Inuktitut syllabics underscore the significance of certain sites—in Composition (Landscape) he writes: “Aiviruja is in the mainland, not near the ocean. The highest point has very good scenery.” While he was born out on the land rather than in a settlement, Mikkigak’s drawings are not nostalgic for a lost past, they represent a contemporary present, where intimate knowledge links land with life.