Merging naturalistic and otherworldly vistas, this dreamlike drawing communicates the close relationship between Inuit and their apparently harsh Arctic environment. While the vastness of the intricately layered and slightly bizarre landscape makes the family seem miniscule, the atmosphere is safe as they return to their traditional skin tent at their camp. The recurring star shapes signify both the origins of meteors and the Inuit cosmological belief that the soul becomes a star after death. Shuvinai explains, "Stars are one big chunk of a universe ... and stars are human too ... so I started putting stars on top of my earth."
Materialscoloured pencil and black felt pen on wove paper
66.8 x 51 cm; image: 62.2 x 46.8 cm