Noble Owl by Pauojoungie Saggiak – Inuit Art – Cape Dorset 2018 print collection by Dorset Fine Arts, presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
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Notes from DaVic Gallery: The owl or Opik is a figure that is most preferred by collectors and that is often represented in Inuit art as graphic or sculpture. In difference with the western culture where owls are considered as wise influenced by ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Inuit represent owls as stealthy predators of the night, as family protectors and as spirit animals. Opik is a main character in the legend of Owl Paints the Raven, and Opik may be represented in different situations and moods from comical and affectionate to protective and dangerous. Opik’s presence in Inuit art is so frequent and preferred that is considered a noble animal.
In this print, Pauojoungie presents her owl inactive, simply in profile and leaves to the viewer to interpret the situation. Is it just standing on snow looking for a prey?