PAUTA SAILA, R.C.A. (1916-2009), Cape Dorset / Kinngait
signed in syllabics
12 x 8 x 7 in — 30.5 x 20.3 x 17.8 cm
“I like to use axes when they are properly sharpened. I don’t like using grinders because sometimes they tend to take away too much of the stone. Then I use rasps, followed by files — always working towards finer and finer tools. I file only straight forward, not back and forth, just one stroke at a time.
“When I am doing a bear, and I have done a lot of those, I start working with the neck area first and then the bottom. I just go by the shape of the stone and decide if there will be one foot up or not. I make sure the base is properly level, trying to tip it a little to make sure that the base is not wobbly.
Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock: Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture
(exhibition catalogue), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, 1999
Private Collection, Calgary, AB
Department: Inuit and Indigenous Art
Carving / Sculpture: Ivory, Stone
Settlement: Cape Dorset / Kinngait