“During the springtime it is common for a family to go out fishing on the ice. While the woman is jigging for fish, it is usual to carry the baby in the hood of the amauti. Carrying a baby here does not stop a woman from jigging and doing other tasks on the land. Women really enjoy fishing in the north. It is a favourite time for the family. This is the first time that I have carved a figurative piece in a long time and the biggest sculpture that I have ever carved.”
Adamie is a son of the noted artists Kenojuak Ashevak and Johnniebo Ashevak. He began carving when he was ten, learning from his parents, but did not carve regularly until recently. Early on, he loved to carve bears, but he has also made figurative works. He credits Nuna Parr for his ideas and support towards his wildlife subjects, and artist Silas Kayakjuak for advice on how to treat the human figure. He has been exhibiting since 1987 and was part of the “New Visions” show in 1996.
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