NORTH­ERN SATIRE

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His­tory, fan­tasy and pop­u­lar cul­ture be­come en­tan­gled in Cape Dorset–based Shuvinai Ashoona’s in­tri­cate pen­cil-and-ink draw­ings. Find among them sub­jects as dis­parate as a menagerie of non-hu­man crea­tures, in­flu­enced by a Toronto screen­ing of Godzilla (2014); the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge; and politi­cians clad in seal­skin vests and ties, based on the un­spo­ken uni­form worn by North­ern lead­ers when their po­lit­i­cal meet­ings are given tele­vised cov­er­age. “It wouldn’t be like Shuvinai to make po­lit­i­cal com­men­tary,” says Pat Fe­he­ley of Fe­he­ley Fine Arts. “But it re­ally is, in a way. It’s an ob­ser­va­tion of how Nu­navut govern­ment pol­i­tics are held. It’s Shuvinai’s re­ac­tion to see­ing an im­age and want­ing to draw it.”

Coloured pen­cil and ink on pa­per, 31 x 50 in., cour­tesy Fe­he­ley Fine Arts, framed by Su­per­frame, Es­ti­mate: $5,000

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