Kenojuak Ashevak: To Make Something Beautiful
05 Apr 2002 - 20 Oct 2002
In 1961, the National Gallery of Canada acquired its first print by Kenojuak Ashevak - The Enchanted Owl. This marked the beginning of a long and exciting relationship with this Inuit artist and the extraordinary body of work she has created over a period of nearly fifty years. On view from April 5 to October 20, 2002, the exhibition Kenojuak Ashevak: To make something beautiful is a celebration of the vision of Inuit art's best-known personality. Comprised of 25 works, mainly prints and drawings, Kenojuak Ashevak: To make something beautiful explores the themes and approaches behind the artist's compelling images. Rarely does she base her work on events or stories, preferring instead to concentrate on a few favourite motifs that lend themselves to becoming beautiful compositions. In this context, the exhibition highlights how, for example, images of birds - such as the owls and ravens that are ever-present in her art - are used to serve her interests. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes dramatic, the results are always meant to be eye-pleasing.