The exhibition of illustrations Matt and I made are now on view at Caffe Driade.

We chose the Inuit folk tale of Sedna and each made four illustrations, depicting different aspects of it. We discussed themes, colors and compositions to make sure that we were on the same page. We shared a small reference folder to serve as our visual guide (though we each assembled many more reference images.) We illustrated, tweaked, critiqued and assembled. We hung the show on Tuesday (11/2). You can see them through the end of the month.

Photos soon (they need to be scaled for blogging, the images are HUGE right now), the statement below, preceded by a reference image.

“In the legend, a young woman is deceived into marrying a sea bird disguised as a man. When the trick is discovered, Sedna’s father comes to rescue her. He kills the bird-man and they begin their journey back across the water. The other sea birds flock together to create a great storm which threatens to sink the small kayak. Frightened, the father heaves Sedna into the sea. When she tries to climb back in, he severs her fingers with his knife. Unable to save herself, Sedna sinks to the ocean floor. Her fingers become the whales, seals, fish and other marine animals which sustain Inuit life.

Historically retold orally, folk tales stretch the boundaries of the real and unreal to engage the listener. Often used as teaching parables, they offer an intimate window into a culture. Although Sedna’s tale is gruesome, it serves as a stern warning against misplaced trust and the danger of the indigenous landscape (the northern coastal reaches of Canada). It is also an embodiment of lives sustained through a life lost.”