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Steatite, Caribou Antler
|Dimensions||19 x 8 x 11"|
Paul was born January 8, 1956, in the community of Kapuivuk on Jenns Monk Island. His parents are Seemee (father) and Soporah (mother).
Paul is a self-taught artist. He prefers to carve in only hard stone, such as marble or granite, which require power tools to penetrate. He will also use manual tools when working with softer stones, however these pieces are made by request and demand, rather than by choice. All the stones Paul carves are locally sourced from his home of Repulse Bay.
Paul is a very established and widely exhibited Repulse Bay artists. He is also one of the few local sculptors to make his living entirely from his art. Paul is best known for his portrayal of finely finished spirit animals. As a hunter, Paul has gained intimate knowledge of the animals’ physiology and autonomy, influencing his sculptural decisions.
Through Paul’s role as the teacher at the Arctic College sculpture course, he has taken on a strong role in promoting development among local artists. His tutelage has fostered several artistic careers in Repulse Bay, including those of his brother Lazarus and Jackie Milortok. Paul’s influence can be felt throughout contemporary Repulse Bay sculpture, in the attention paid to inlaid detail on bear’s paws or the careful inter-carving of legs on a hunter or animal. These elements are made possible through the skilled use of modern power tools. When asked if he has a favourite subject, Paul responds “as long as it has something to do with carving, it’s my favoruite.”
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As goddess of the ocean, Sedna sets strict rules about the proper way to treat the animals of the hunt, which the Inuit require for sustenance. This includes proper treatment of the animals’ spirit when killed for food. If she feels the rules have been broken, she cuts off the supply of food. When this happens, the Inuit tribal shaman is required to take a mystical journey to the bottom of the ocean to speak to the goddess. It is considered the most dangerous journey an Inuit shaman is called upon to make.
Upon arrival at the bottom of the sea the shaman is required to comb Sedna’s hair, because Sedna has no fingers to comb it herself, and to find out what the tribe has done wrong that the food has been cut off. The shaman then makes a deal with Sedna, promising that if the tribe corrects whatever transgressions it has made, the goddess will return their food supply. The shaman then returns to the tribe with the list of things the goddess requires to be done to get the food back.
Other works by this artist
Serpentine, Walrus Tusk Ivory
Figures depicted on Totem: Polar Bear, Wolf, Beluga Whale, Seagull, Arctic Char, Seal, Human, Walrus, and Goose
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