“This carving is of a hunter and a composition of birds and animals. The carving has a falcon, goose, and a walrus on a polar bear’s paw base. All are hunters in the Arctic. I have no idea what I am going to do when I start a carving but I just let my imagination take over. I like carving pieces like this that have many images. When I was carving this, I kept on thinking about the hunter and the speed of the harpoon.”
Pudlalik is one of the sons of noted sculptor Aqjangajuk Shaa. Pudlalik made his first carving when he was twelve and has been carving ever since. He learned by watching the generation of carvers who, like his father, used axes to work on their pieces. Pudlalik still uses an axe on occasion, though he also uses more modern tools. He has incorporated elements of the dynamic fluid line of his father’s work into his own sculptures.
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