Two Fish Looking for Something To Eat
‘Two Fish Looking for Something To Eat’ by Jessie Oonark – Inuit Art from Baker Lake 1978 print collection presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts
Condition: Good Condition – Professionally treated for straight folding crease running vertical from top edge on left area to lower margin left as well as for handling marks and paper worn appearance. Mostly good results though faint line where the crease was remains fantly visible because of the paper as well as some minor paper dimples. Image is clear and strong and such condition is not obviously visible unless seen at angle with daylight, which would accentuate condition. Edition number 10/55 is a handwriting typo where the actual number should be 10/50 as this edition only included 50 prints. It is not common but not unusual to see occasional typos in the handwritten descriptions.
Description by Artist: No description by artist found.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: In a 1983 unpublished interview with Marion Jackson, Oonark made reference to the legend of a giant fish that swallowed a man and his kayak. She also stated that the fish were “sort of eating one another.” The ambiguity of her response is reinforced by the fact that one of the fish is actually half-human. Perhaps a Shaman.
If the picture is tilted vertical, you can perceive 2 human figures standing side by side holding hands. One of them could appear as in labour bearing a child.