Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Shuvinai Ashoona Drawings

Curated by Sandra Dyck

27 April – 14 June 2009

Shuvinai Ashoona’s distinctive drawings have garnered her increasing attention since her emergence in the mid-1990s. This exhibition, the artist’s first solo show in a public gallery, surveys the extraordinary range of her styles, subjects, and approaches. It features her early, delicate monochromatic landscapes; carefully-observed, near-monumental depictions of motifs such as goose eggs and tools; vividly-coloured interpretations of everyday life in Cape Dorset, and fantastical scenes that partake of the whimsical and the grotesque.

Ashoona’s work is marked by a protean fluidity – an apparently effortless movement between the past and present, actual and imagined, and interior and external worlds. She evinces the same delight in obsessive and subtle mark making with black ink as she does in comparatively minimal line drawing with pencil crayon. Her drawings compel our attention in part because they are born of a singular and poignant vision that was forged in, but transcends, a specific place – Cape Dorset.

Lenders to the show include the Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Gallery of Canada, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Feheley Fine Arts, and private collectors in Canada and the United States.

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