Pictographs: The Graphic Art of James Simon Mishibinijima
Published by: Porcupine's Quill
Published: September 2017
Page Count: 208 Pages
Illustrations: 96 pencil drawings
Dimensions: 5.40 x 8.70
208 Pages, 5.40 x 8.70 x 0.30 in, 96 pencil drawings
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Transcending the familiar iconography of the Near North-the crows, the wolves, the loons and the ravens-the drawings of James Simon, known as Mishibinijima, propel readers into a fantastical spirit world, one that is as powerful and mysterious as it is beautiful.
In Mishibinijima's Pictographs, smooth, quiet drawings serve as a reflection of place, not just of the wild geography of forest and rock of his native Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island but also of the ancestral wisdom of the Elders, whose telling images remain graven into stone on the north shore of Lake Superior and at the burial sites of LaCloche Island.
Mishibinijima's world is quiet, devoid of language-a world in which the artist listens to the fauna, in which pictographs articulate the essential interconnectedness of nature and in which images themselves become texts of dimly-remembered lessons recited by Elders long passed.
In Pictographs, Ojibway artist James Simon Mishibinijima brings to life the legends passed down to him by generations of Elders. In this collection of drawings, each image tells a story, silently communicating lessons of harmony, interconnectedness and peace.