At once geographically remote yet part of the globalized
culture, today’s generation of Inuit artists combine
both traditional and contemporary concerns in their work.
This exhibition brings together images on paper by five
leading Inuit artists, all of whom exemplify contemporary
northern drawing’s marked tendency to push beyond
the limits of conventional representation.
The works range from images of the everyday world to
dream-like depictions of the unusual and otherworldly.
Highlights of the exhibition include Shuvinai
Ashoona’s inexplicable and psychologically
charged coloured line drawing of a woman wrapped in a
coiling serpent; Kavavoaw Mannomee’s
whimsical depiction of miniature people labouring against
forces and objects 10 times their normal size; Jutai
Toonoo’s neo-cubist composition in which
abstract shapes are combined with native Inuktituk text;
and Nick Sikkuark’s delicately
textured drawing featuring disembodied heads swirling
through the night air like comets. The exhibition also
contains several works by the late Arnaqu Ashevak,
whose subjects include Arctic landscapes with a surreal
edge and images of a truly bizarre nature.