Yup’ik Jen Sacred Circle Gallery Opening
Written by daybreak on July 23, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Yup’ik Jen will being the Sacred Circle Gallery for her opening on Saturday the 24th from 1pm to 4pm. The Sacred Circle Gallery is in the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center (5011 Bernie Whitebear Way, Seattle, WA 98199), inside Discovery Park.
Jennifer Angaiak Wood an artist of Yup’ik, Irish and Italian descent, and was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK. The Yup’ik side of her family comes from Tununak, AK, on the coast of the Bering Sea. Jennifer started carving masks when she took an Alaska Native Art class in high school, and has been mostly self-taught after the unexpected passing of her teacher, Ron Manook. Since moving to the Seattle area in 2015, she has met and worked with other artists, who are helping her learn to use more traditional tools such as bent knives and adzes. Jennifer’s inspirations include historic masks, stories, and her time spent in Tununak growing up. She usually adds modern materials and concepts to her work, and she uses her art as a way to connect with her Yup’ik heritage and bring a little bit of Yup’ik history into the modern world. She has recently expanded her art practice to include printmaking, though masks are her primary means of artistic expression.