Artworks and Artists
The Owl

The Owl,
Ashevak, Kenojuak
colour stonecut on japan paper
61.8 x 92.7 cm


Kenojuak quickly developed a personal style choosing birds as her favourite subject and constantly changing her work, giving free rein to her imagination in her exploration of line, form, and colour. She claims that the bird motif has no particular symbolic meaning for her, but it seems to come out of the tip of her pencil as she draws. She has also drawn other subjects: camp scenes, shamans, sea goddesses, and metamorphosis (of humans into animals, for example). The female face interests her, too, and she has used it in a variety of decorative motifs. Although she has represented divinities and characters from legends, she is interested by the artistic design rather than the story itself.