Congress of Ravens
‘Congress of Ravens’ by Jutai Toonoo — Cape Dorset Inuit Art from Dorset Fine Arts 2015 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: The artist uses three simple colours and a simple tool to depict this simple moment in time in the life of the Arctic. Toonoo transports us to witness a scene: a group – a congress! – of ravens feasting on a carcass of an unfortunate animal.
The colour blue serves as the background, giving us a sense of the landscape, where the sky and the ground blend, with no clear horizon. And yet, Toonoo with great simplicity and mastery orients us to the space the ravens occupy. A few strokes of a deeper blue, and we see the topography of the land, grounding our gaze.
The black colour is appropriately used to draw the 31 ravens congregating around their lucky score of the day. Some appear to be content to either wait their turn or having had their fill, let others have theirs. Still, a few more are landing to join the feast.
A bit of the red colour tells us the animal that became a meal for the ravens was not big. Toonoo is careful not to focus on the demise of the animal, but rather on the communal feeling of the congress of ravens sharing their meal. The calm nature of the gathering speaks to the perfect place the ravens occupy in the ecosystem, ensuring the continuation of the cycle of life.