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Kaiaʼtanoron Dumoulin Bush   January 7, 2013

Tongue in Cheek

My sketches reflect the relationships shared between the physical self, mental states and the natural world. In these sketches, these relationships fluctuate between observations and the playful questioning of human and animal forms as spirits and creatures inspired by Inuit, Haida and Tlingit creation beliefs. The mouth also plays an important role in my sketches. The mouth is one of the most intimate parts of our bodies and is one of the most important orifices. We use it to breath, to eat, to speak and to love. Many of the sketches reflect this in that there are usually things going in or out of the mouth.

Kaiaʼtanoron Dumoulin Bush, 2012

Kaiaʼtanoron Dumoulin Bush

Kaiaʼtanoron has successfully completed the Fine Arts Program at Dawson College, and is currently expanding her skills in her first year as a student in the Illustration and Design program.

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    January 10, 2013


    I am not sure where best to do this, but seeming as the comments are enabled, I shall express my predicament here. Kaiatanoron has some very nice artwork here, and I’m sure that her talent will bring her very far in the future. However, this lovely art is marred by some grammatical errors in her description paragraph. I know that this is indeed an art exhibit, but seeing that language also factors in with art, and the subject of Kaiatanoron’s work (the mouth) is also part of the speech apparatus; I find that it would be rather important to fix up the little mistakes in the aforementioned paragraph. Lovely exhibit otherwise, and I look forward to seeing more.

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    December 1, 2013

    This exhibit is amazing. The twisted and dark imagery gives me the chills. That’s what an artists wants in their artwork. For the viewer to react and feel something while looking at it. To have them trying to understand what’s going on in the piece. For them to understand what the artist was thinking or what they were going through during the process of making the piece of art. My favorite piece would have to be sketch #4. Just the way that the person is tearing up while he or she stretches it’s mouth while birds fly out of it’s mouth, makes me curious. Keeps me wondering what’s going on in this piece, wanting to know the story behind it. Overall, beautiful pieces of art. Keep up the good work!

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    February 25, 2014

    What I really love about this exhibit is the study of human bodies using an abstract technique. I really love that the pieces have a ‘sketch’ feel to them. My favorite piece would have to be the first one. You can feel as if the body is in a dream phase flying above the ground. The way the piece is planned out gives us a dreamy feel. Overall, I really love the way the pieces are drawn and that they are a different way to view the human body.

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    March 5, 2014

    This is such an interesting topic that was very well developed through these illustrations. My favorite one would have to be sketch #4; the use of the words enhances the image, giving it a stronger meaning. The overall composition is very interesting and engaging because of the birds flying out of the girl’s mouth. I like that in all of the drawings the line work is very dynamic, this creates a certain sense of movement. This certainly strengthens each illustration. The renderings of the figures are well done and the images are thought provoking. I like the overall dark feeing of the subject matters. Very pleased and impressed with the artworks and I hope to see more someday.

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    December 7, 2014

    The artists sketches reflect on the relationship between oneself physically and mentally as well as the natural world. I liked the images because there was something cynical about them that reminded me of the harsh realities in the world and how it is filled with darkness. The third image depicts a skeleton surrounded by hands, one in which is grabbing its heart and another is stretching its mouth. This sketch in particular had an impact on me the most. The image is vivid which makes the overall sketch disturbing yet, powerful at the same time. It demonstrates how the evil in the world will try and influence you. Despite the fact that the images are a little cynical, I think they represent well the harsh reality of the world.

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    December 9, 2014

    I find this artist expresses the inner self through our exterior. These sketches express the hardships and emotions we all face, but on the outside. We don’t know what everyone is going through but when our mental state is shown it really gives us a clear understanding of that person’s life. I like these sketches because they show the relationship through our physical and mental selves. Lastly, the way the artist found it important to include the mouth in most of his drawings really interested me. The mouth is such a crucial part of our beings. We don’t realize what a necessity it is and I loved that this was a focal point of the artist. Overall this exhibit is beautiful and I really found a connection with it.

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    September 3, 2020

    Sketch #3
    I found this piece more captivating because of the colours used and the various hands that reaches out and grabs the creature in a unsettling way. The multiple hands reminds me of a demon’s hands reaching out and basically tearing the creature apart as if they were torturing him. It can be represented by the numerous people around your life that supposedly are the good ones, but are only there to shape your life according to what they perceived as a “good” life. But instead of doing that, they drained the life out of you. Normally, the people in question are those who are closest to you, and you don’t necessarily fight back, you just give up. This piece is graphic to the point, where the creature is basically a skeleton and their heart, which seems to be the only organ left, is vulnerable because it is left open for anyone to reach and take.

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    Blain Haile

    August 31, 2021

    I loved this exhibit. The rawness of the pieces is refreshing. I usually don’t like explicit or harsh pictures, but they were beautifully explicit.
    The way the mouth is subtly added to the mix is impressive. We kind of see the way the artist sees the world. My favourite piece is the one where we see two faces smashed together. Even though they are not looking at us directly, I feel their eyes piercing right through my soul. I believe this is because of the rawness of the art. The depiction provides an intimate environment between the art and the viewer. Furthermore, even if these pieces are different in colour and style, I feel like they all originate from a common ancestor. The fact that the artist could tie all these different pieces into one is astounding.

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