MOONLIGHT FORAGER II
Moonlight Forager II is a reprise of a similar piece that the artist did over 30 years ago. Now long lost, that early drawing has remained a favourite and one that Mark has always wanted to artistically revisit in his now much more developed style and technique. Waagosh, as Fox is known to the Anishinabek People, continues to have a special significance in Mark's life as he is frequently visited by Waagosh — more than any other forest dweller - during his travels whether travelling on foot, by paddle or by road.But there is an even more sacred and special presence of this keen, swift and adaptable animal in Mark's life by way of his son whose Anishnabek name is Waagoshonse, "Little Fox." This piece is dedicated to him.
Mark Nadjiwan ~ the Artist and the Art
The subject matter and style of artist Mark Nad)iwan are predominantly inspired by his First Nation heritage. He is a self-taught artist who works primarily in pen and ink. His unique style is a fusion of the Woodland and Northwest Coast Native art traditions. In his work, one can often see the Woodland's characteristic x-ray and wavy line motifs interwoven with the clean formlines and geometry that often typify Northwest Coast art Mark's First Nation roots are grounded in the Lake Supenor and Georgian Bay regions. He continues to live in the traditional territories of the Amshmabek Nation with his artist wife, Patricia Gray. Mark's w'ork can be found in galleries and venues across Canada as well as private collections in both Canada and the United States.
"Although I have a deep and abiding affinity for w hat my Anishinabek ancestors called 'keewaydinung' - land of the northwest wind - my experiences of our vast and wild regions are. ultimately, trans-cultural in nature. Whenever 1 travel into those ancient and sacred spaces, path underfoot or paddle in hand, it is my 'internal' experiences of being there that I later try to 'externalize' in my drawings. I choose to do this in a style that is largely derived from the artistic traditions of Aboriginal people as they are the ones whose lives have been most intertwined with the natural world and whose images and stories most resonate with me But the messages that 1 try to incorporate and communicate in much of my work such as connection, interdependence and unity, are universal."
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