BARNABUS ARNASUNGAAQ (1924-2017), Baker Lake / Qamani’tuaq
MUSK OX ATTACKED BY WOLVES
13.5 x 19 x 13 in — 34.3 x 48.3 x 33 cm
“I made all those grooves with a file to make it white. When I started carving I used to make the musk ox smooth, but then I thought that it didn’t look like fur. So I started making those grooves. It was a lot of work making rows and rows of marks, but I got it into my mind that was what I wanted, so I did it.”
“I don’t know where I get my ideas. I can’t recommend any, because it’s all in my mind. I look inside myself. Sometimes, before going to bed, I carefully examine the stone. And in the morning, I know what it will be."
Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock: Contemporary Inuit Stone Sculpture
(exhibition catalogue), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario 1999, pg. 109
Private Collection, Toronto