From Dorset Seen:
Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (People lining up to sell artworks),2012. Graphite, coloured pencil, and felt pen on paper. Collection of Dorset Fine Arts.
Shuvinai Ashoona is part of a group of artists – including Ohotaq Mikkigak, Tim Pitsiulak and Jutai Toonoo – who regularly work in the Co-op’s drawing studio. Others visit the studio on Tuesday or Thursday to sell their drawings to Bill Ritchie, the Co-op’s studio manager. Of the many drawings acquired, only a few are made into prints each year. Most are shipped to Dorset Fine Arts, the Co-op’s marketing division in Toronto, where they are acquired by commercial galleries from around the world.
As Bill Ritchie commented, this drawing is a kind of organized “photo shoot” of the community’s artists and printmakers: each is identified with a syllabic inscription.
Standing, from left: Bill Ritchie, Tutuiya Jaw, Helena Ashevak, Niviaqsi Quvianaqtuliaq, Cary Merrit, Joemie Tapaunga, Nuyalia Quviaqtuliaq, Qavavau Manumie, Qiatsuk Niviaqsi, Timoon Pitsiulak, Cee Pootoogook, Susie Ashevak, Jutai Toonoo, Louisa Jaw
Seated, from left: Emataluk Sagiak, Qaqulu Sagsiatuk, Papiara Tukiki