“This was the first large sculpture towards this show and took several months to complete. I really took my time on this sculpture as I felt it should set the bar for the exhibition. I needed to really ensure all the pegging was strong to secure the balance of the drummer. It was a challenge carving the spirit in the antler so thin and then attaching it to the drum dancer to give an impression that the spirit was floating in the air. I also wanted to create the feeling of the skin stretched and wrapped around the frame of the drum and then I had the idea of carving the throat singers in the drum.”
Billy was born on July 7, 1978, in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. In his early years he travelled eastern Canada residing and schooling in Ottawa, Yarmouth and Halifax in Nova Scotia, then at the age of thirteen returned to live in Goose Bay. He now lives in North West River in Labrador and enjoys fishing and hunting on the land with his family.
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