Exploring the coexistence of multiple worlds, this work offers a close-up view of two different aerial views of globes. The central globe shows different types of dwellings, including the prefab homes of the Arctic, apartment complexes, and tents. Encircling this sphere are the unusually long arms of the woman in the left corner, dressed in a red parka, whose pregnant belly is also represented in the form of a planet. The second large globe hovering in the upper centre contains camping tools, including an axe, knife, rifle, and forks and spoons, the last of which are surrealistically transforming into fish. Other elements in this imaginative composition include a bright assortment of floating fruits and vegetables, eggs, and eyes of different colours—including a giant purple eye in the upper left.
Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds
Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (woman giving birth to the world), 2010
Fineliner pen and coloured pencil on paper, 121.9 x 129.5 cm, Collection of John and Joyce Price. Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.