Earth Transformations, 2012, is one of many works completed by Ashoona between 2011 and 2014 that feature a globe. The large globe in the upper left is an aerial view of the community of Kinngait, complete with wildlife. This orb is supported by two human legs, which are encircled by the tentacles of an octopus, while its arms are composed of strings of globes with clawed hands. On the far right-side of the drawing, a traditionally dressed Inuk presents a drawing of a hunter holding a rifle and kneeling behind a stretched canvas, perhaps using it as a blind to camouflage himself. Thus, Ashoona has created two levels of inset images, with the man holding a canvas depicting a hunter holding a canvas, presumably of the same Kinngait landscape pictured in the first inset.
Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds
Shuvinai Ashoona, Earth Transformations, 2012
Coloured pencil and Conté crayon on black paper, 123 x 124.5 cm, Collection of Martha Burns and Paul Gross. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.