Roger Aksadjuak



   Roger Aksadjuak has been working with the Matchbox Gallery since it began its ceramics program in the late eighties, early nineties. He first learned ceramics working under the direction of his father, Laurent Aksadjuak, a veteran of the government run ceramics workshop which closed in the early 1970's. Laurent, who passed away in 2001, introduced his technique of sculptural appliqu'es to all of our ceramic artists, and was an important influence on the direction of our early work.

   Roger enjoys eomplexity, and working with multiple images. His work shows the concern for proper technique he learned from his father. Roger is a free spirit, and enjoys playful imagery and inventiveness, while respecting the traditional narrative. One of the most technically gifted of the ceramists working with the Matchbox, his work is an inspiration not only to ceramic artists, but artists working in all media throughout the Kivalliq.

   Roger has work in many private collections across North America. His creations have been featured in major shows throughout southern Canada and the United States, including the collection of the Department of Indian Affairs Inuit Arts Section, and are included in the permanent collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. His piece "Square Dance" had the honor of being selected as the first artwork purchased by the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Most recently, his works were included in a showing at the National Gallery of Canada, and have since become a part in their permanent collection.

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Video Interview

Roger Aksadjuak in October, 2010 at The Matchbox Gallery, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut