Life Giving Water II
‘Life Giving Water II ’ by William Noah – Inuit Art – Baker Lake 1987 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: It is not often we see part 2 follow-up to a previous design and this one follows as perhaps a reminder of the first design, “Life Giving Water” ten years later. Though very similar in design and composition, this time this version appears more abstracted version, in smaller paper size, different colours and a rock caring instead of an Inukshuk. Other differences is that this time the printer is the well known artist Simon Tookoome and the printing technique is woodcut and stencil as opposed to stonecut and stencil.
A caribou drinking water near a rock cairn near their summering grounds as we see unfrozen water and grounds clear of snow. Inukshuk was used to detour and trap caribous for hunting so for a hunter this is a beautiful sight. This design remains a clear reminder that we all depend on water for living. Animals, humans, plants, all that breaths. It is important to notice how William Noah stresses this point by using the same colours and patterns used in the water also in the body of the caribou.