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|Dimensions||29.25 x 13 x 11" (74.3 x 33.02 x 27.94cm)|
|Artist||Joanie (Joani) Ragee|
Born in 1986 in Cape Dorset, Joanie Ragee is a young. emerging sculptor whose father is Nowdlak Noah from Iqaluit. His biological brother is Siutiapiq Ragee, and uncles are Toonoo Sharky and Napachie Sharky.
Joanie began carving Inukshuks at the age of 12 and has since developed an affinity towards carving Serpentine animals. His favourite subject is the Polar Bear and imbues them with a sense of movement and humour.
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“A remarkably animated work for the artist whose style is comparable to his father’s (John Kavik). In an interview with the artist in 1993, which appeared in the winter edition of the Inuit Art Quarterly, Ugjuk describes the difficulty he had in deciding what to carve. This may be why there are not many of his works available on the market. Both Kavik and Ugjuk were self-taught artists and took to carving whenever they were not hunting.”
“Ugluk says, ‘I would try to concentrate on an idea of mine and gradually expand on it as I went along which would lead to some comprehensible form for the carving I was working on. And, other times, it seemed that trying to stay with one idea didn’t always work so, rather than getting stuck with one idea, I would just work on a carving and what it would become’.”