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Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona

What do you think of first when you hear the word "arctic"? Polar Bears. Walrus. Narwhals. Caribou. All of the BIG names in the frozen north, right?

Allow us introduce you to Arctic birds. Migratory by nature, only 3 over-winter in the harsh environment on the tundra: Snowy owls, ravens & ptarmigans. Buntings. Loons. Sandpipers. Geese. And terns: these are just a few of the 100+ species of avian beings that live part- time in the Arctic. Typically considered a vast wasteland of ice, snow & permafrost, birds are vital to the ecology of the tundra. Pollinators, waders, hunters, & seed-carriers, birds also provide for the Inuit with eggs, meat and feathers and bones that are fashioned into tools.

Represented here in stone, textiles and on paper, we pay homage to these vital instruments of Arctic ecology.

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds." - Aesop

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wool carpet, tapestry
84" x 60"
Artist Studio
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Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai was born in Cape Dorset in August, 1961. She is the daughter of Kiuga Ashoona and Sorosilutu, both well known for their contributions to the arts in Cape Dorset.

Shuvinai began drawing in 1995. She works with pen and ink, coloured pencils and markers and her sensibility for the landscape around the community of Cape Dorset is particularly impressive. Her recent work is very personal and often meticulously detailed. Shuvinai's work was first included in the Cape Dorset annual print collection in 1997, with two small dry-point etchings entitled Interior (1997-33) and Settlement (1997-34). Since then, she has become a committed and prolific graphic artist, working daily in the Kinngait Studios.

Suvinai's work has attracted the attention of several notable private galleries, as well as public institutions. She was featured along with her aunt, Napachie Pootoogook, and her grandmother, the late Pitseolak Ashoona, in the McMichael Canadian Collection's 1999 exhibition entitled "Three Women, Three Generations". More recently she was profiled, along with Kavavaow Mannomee of Cape Dorset and Nick Sikkuark of Gjoa Haven, in the Spring 2008 issue of Border Crossings, a Winnipeg-based arts magazine.

In an unusual contemporary collaboration, Suvinai recently worked with Saskatchewan-based artist, John Noestheden, on a "sky-mural" that was exhibited at the 2008 Basel Art Fair and was shown again at Toronto’s 2008 "Nuit Blanche". Her most recent exhibition presented her work alongside Toronto-based artist Shari Boyle at the Justin Bernicke Gallery at Hart House. Shuvinai is also the subject of a documentary art film to be released next year.

In this annual collection of 2009, Suvinai is represented by a large etching entitled Aujaqsiut Tupiq (Summer Tent) (2009-33) and her autobiographical and enigmatic Quilt of Dreams (2009-34).

Exhibitions
2015 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2014 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2012 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2011 Cape Dorset Graphics Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2010 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2009 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2008 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2007 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
2006 Cape Dorset Print Collection, Dorset Fine Arts, Toronto, ON

Publications
2007 Galleries West

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