|Enchanted Owl, by Kenojuak Ashevak (1960)|
Inuit prints and drawings often have animals or figures floating in mid-air and objects don't seem to be realistically situated in space. However, the Inuit perspective was explained to me thus: In the Arctic, figures appear to just pop out from a white background. I imagine, sometimes, everything is white - sky and ground alike. As in a whiteout, there is literally no clear horizon line.
|Photo of a whiteout in Antarctica from Wikipedia|
In context, this makes Inuit drawings totally realistic.
|Hunter and Inuit on the Land, by Ruth Annaqtuusi Tulurialik|
See what I'm saying?
Compare the above to drawings of interiors by Annie Pootoogook.
|Calling Annie, by Annie Pootoogook|