Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds

February 22, 2020 - August 30, 2020

Shuvinai Ashoona

Composition (Attack of the Tentacle Monsters), 2015

coloured pencil, ink on paper

Collection of Paul and Mary Dailey

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.


DidacticsList of Works

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

  • Shuvinai Ashoona

    Earth Transformations, 2012

    Fineliner pen, coloured pencil and Conté crayon on black paper

    Collection of Martha Burns and Paul Gross

  • Shuvinai Ashoona

    Composition (People, Animals, and the World Holding Hands), 2008

    Fineliner pen and coloured pencil on paper

    Collection of Edward J. Guarino

  • Shuvinai Ashoona

    Untitled, n.d.

    Fineliner pen and coloured pencil on paper

    Collection of Marnie Schreiber

The exhibition and tour are supported by The TD Ready Commitment, Major Donors The Schreiber Sisters, Anonymous, Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council
Generously supported by:

Gary R. Bell