Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds brings together a selection of drawings created by the acclaimed Inuk artist over the past two decades. Born in Kinngait (formerly known as Cape Dorset), Nunavut, in 1961, Shuvinai Ashoona comes from a long line of artists, including her grandmother Pitseolak Ashoona (1904–1983) and cousin Annie Pootoogook (1969–2016). While many of Ashoona’s drawings contain traditional Inuit motifs, she is best known for the imaginative way that she incorporates these and other cultural references to develop her own sophisticated and highly personal iconography. With imagery ranging from closely observed everyday scenes of her Arctic home to strange and fantastical visions, Ashoona’s brightly coloured drawings teem with life and blur the boundaries between fantasy and reality, past and future.
Organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, and curated by Nancy Campbell, PhD, with assistance from Justine Kohleal, Assistant Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Gary R. Bell