exhibition
Marion Tuu'luq, Untitled, c. 1976. Felt, embroidery floss, and thread on duffle, 122 x 103.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989. Photo © NGC.
Marion Tuu'luq, Untitled, c. 1976. Felt, embroidery floss, and thread on duffle, 122 x 103.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989. Photo © NGC.
Arnaqurk Ashevak, The Artist's Hand, 1991. Brazilian soapstone, serpentine, antler, and sinew, 47 x 40.7 x 25.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC
Arnaqurk Ashevak, The Artist's Hand, 1991. Brazilian soapstone, serpentine, antler, and sinew, 47 x 40.7 x 25.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC
Ed Pien, Invisible, 2008. 3M reflective material and shoji paper, 274 x 365 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC
Ed Pien, Invisible, 2008. 3M reflective material and shoji paper, 274 x 365 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC
Marion Tuu'luq, People and Graylings, 1974. Colour stonecut and stencil on laid japan paper, 95 x 64 cm.National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989 Photo © NGC
Marion Tuu'luq, People and Graylings, 1974. Colour stonecut and stencil on laid japan paper, 95 x 64 cm.National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa Gift of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1989 Photo © NGC
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 54, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 54, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 43, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 43, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 18, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Ah Xian, China, China-Bust 18, 1999. NGC Collection. Photo © NGC. © Ah Xian.
Nov 18, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011

Human / Nature features a selection of sculptures, drawings and textiles drawn from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collections of contemporary Canadian, international and indigenous art. Each work presents an example of symbiosis between humanity and nature, artistically explored through mythology, cultural history and oral traditions. Ah Xian’s porcelain busts imbue family members, friends and other sitters with the weight of Chinese iconography while Ed Pien’s incised drawings evoke the ancient Chinese art of paper cutting (jiǎn zhǐ). Inuit stories inspire Marion Tuu’luq’s wallmounted quilts, which hang near a sculpture by Arnaqurk Ashevak, an experimental “self-portrait” showing a branch sprouting from the artist’s hand.