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Analyze Shuvinai Ashoona’s Rainbow Baleen Illustration

The Life Aquatic

Sep 04, 2020
by Britt Gallpen

In addition to globes, fruit, clubs, spades, diamonds and hearts in recent years, Kinngait (Cape Dorset), NU-based graphic artist Shuvinai Ashoona, RCA, has turned her attention to depictions of bones and baleen. Composition (Rainbow Baleen)—inspired by a Skittles commercial—reimagines the lustrous black surface of two baleen plates in an explosion of colour, complete with wispy, erratic hairs. Like many of Ashoona’s pieces, this work rendered in her signature style is joyful, rooted in lived experience but reimagined, ever so slightly. It is both familiar and entirely brand new. 

— Britt Gallpen, Editorial Director


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