Rangifer tarandus sibiricus
Recently I started working on a series of illustrations inspired by the arts of indigenous people of the Amur Valley and the Russian Far East. Indigenous nations of the Amur Valley are: Nanai, Manchus, Ulchis, Negidals, Nivkhi, Evenki, Orochi and Udege.
Nature has been inseparable from the life of these people. River and taiga not only gave them food, but also clothing and household items. The culture and art crafts also have distinctive features like symbolism of each pattern and detail, symmetric and minimalistic depicture of the Nature.
This is my second artwork and here I decided to have a little bit more emphasis on the northern nations of the Amur Valley region (Evenki, Negidals, Nivkhi) and their style of fine art. These are the nations, whose life is indeed closely connected with reindeers. For example, even in the Evenki legend the ancestor of all life on earth is a deer-mother.
Crosses and tridents as talismans were embroidered on the reindeer sleds and bags. Basically, these details have determined the general look of the whole illustration. Also, their art is characterized by geometric shapes - triangles, circles and straight lines that I also used here.