Shaman Turns into Walrus then to Stone

Art Type
Original Drawing
Original drawing with graphite, coloured pencil, felt pen, pentel on paper
Original Drawing
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 19 ½ x 25 ½ in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 50 x 65 cm
Not Framed
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‘Shaman Turns into Walrus then to Stone’ by Ningeokuluk Teevee – Inuit Art from Cape Dorset 2014 original hand drawing collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.

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Notes from DaVic Gallery:   Well, not a simple story to tell but a demonstration of the powers of the Shaman being ability to transform not only into an animal but also into an inanimate object, a rock.  What is the use of the rock you may ask, building Inuksuk to round up caribou, or to set summer camp? What is not easy to identify is whether there is direction of flow in the transformation … that is, is there order?  Does the Shaman transform to walrus first and then to rock or transforms back and forth between walrus, Shaman and rock.  So much is left to the imagination with this drawing even though Ning gives us so many clues and transitions to work with.  Perhaps that is what makes this composition challenging that we have so much information to process and work with that feels a bit overwhelming.  Then again, this is what makes a piece such as this one long term interesting in that you never stop wondering and keeps you coming back to see it and analyze it despite owning it for long time.  Enjoy! 🙂

Please refer to picture #4 with Letter Size sheet for size reference …