Sinking Titanic, 2012, is the artist’s interpretation of the world’s most famous shipwreck, which occurred nearly one hundred years ago and inspired James Cameron’s 1997 movie—one of Ashoona’s favourites. People fall from the sinking ship with arms outstretched while the band atop the vessel keeps playing. Ship disasters have particular relevance for the artist because of the sinking of the supply ship RMS Nascopie in Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset) harbour in the summer of 1947. The sinking of the Nascopie figures in the work of many artists from the region, and though Ashoona had not yet been born she would have heard the story from her Elders. Her scenes of sinking ships, such as this one, instill a sense of tragedy and loss.
Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds
Shuvinai Ashoona, Sinking Titanic, 2012
Graphite and coloured pencil and Pentel pen on paper, 124.5 x 122 cm, Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Acquired with funds realized through sale of Inuit prints, 2013-20. Photo credit: Ernest Mayer.