Two Birds, c. 1969
Canadian (Inuit), 1927
light-green stone (serpentine)
35.7 x 41.8 x 26.5 cm
Gift of Deborah and George Cowley, 2000
National Gallery of Canada (no. 40620)
"Two Birds" illustrates the complementary relationship between the artist's sculpture and her drawings and prints. Although solidly three-dimensional, the compact forms of the large and the small bird are set one in front of the other to create a pleasing interplay of shapes - eyes, beaks, heads, outstretched wings, and bellies are as much compositional elements as they are anatomical details. Kenojuak began carving some time in the mid-1950s. Since then, she has continued to make sculpture intermittently, depending on personal inclination, health, and the availability of materials. Fluid in execution, light and playful, "Two Birds" is a delightful example of the artist's work in stone.