Title: The Drawings and Paintings of Daphne Odjig: A Retrospective Exhibition
Book Condition: as new
ISBN Number: 0888848404 / 9780888848406
Seller ID: art44
The discovery, in the 1950s, of the ancient iconography of the Algonkian people was a lightning rod for the collective Aboriginal conscience in Canada. When Daphne Odjig and Norval Morrisseau began to produce paintings in the 1960s depicting the Algonkian legends they were heralded as the heirs of that ancient lineage. As Morrisseau pursued his characteristic iconic style, Odjig developed a varied and experimental graphic and narrative practice. Comparisons have been drawn between her work and cubism, surrealism and abstract-expressionism. Yet, while her aesthetic investigations place her outside any one stylistic genre, her themes and imagery remain distinctly Aboriginal. The drawings and paintings presented here represent forty-four years of Daphne Odjig's artistic production and include examples of her legend paintings, history murals, erotica, abstractions and landscapes. As a group, these works articulate the breadth of Odjig's visual engagement with her personal and cultural history. As a linear narrative, they trace the remarkable development of the artist from initial experimentation to mature mastery of her media. Daphne Odjig has exhibited worldwide and is a 2007 recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual Arts, the country's highest honour.