‘Flying Woman’ by Jessie Oonark, RCA, OC – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1978 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: Lower left right area 10″ mild paper bend that is not visible but felt. Spots along top edge. Probably foxing, hardly visible.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: As a metaphor for a spiritual journey or mystic enlightenment, flight, or the suggestion of flight, appears in Inuit art with great frequency. The presence of spirits of the air or ‘winged spirits’ is significant in Inuit shamanism. In the traditional nomadic, hunting lifestyle, the shaman is the principal healer and visionary. A key to survival, the shaman is the intermediary between the Inuit people and the greater forces. The spirit helper or spirit animal and shaman have the ability to transform, and often appear to fly or to have wings. Capable of flight, supernatural beings enjoy limitless freedom in the Inuit spirit realm. In “Flying Woman” we do not see shaman transformation but in a journey in his original human form not even visibly assisted by her helping spirits.
Reference picture # 4 for size comparison with letter size paper sheet.