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Born in 1972, Isaci Etidloie began carving at the age of 7. With skills passed on to him from his artistic family and with a single minded determination, Isaci found his own voice, creating a myriad of sculptures that defy what many would consider to be “Inuit” art.
In this collection we see him approaching sports, including traditional Inuit sports such as the High Kick game, which would have played an integral part in making the young fit to survive in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments. But perhaps more surprisingly, he has also focused on “Western” sports such as skiing, swimming, gymnastics and golf. We see people playing basketball, baseball and of course, hockey. Each sculpture is rendered in exquisite, fine detail, carved mainly in serpentine stone sometimes with the addition of caribou antler.
Though of an age where his life experience has been vastly different than that of his ancestors, Isaci has heard the old ways described by his parents and grandparents.
Consequently, we have a delicate sculpture of Sedna, the mother of all the creatures in the sea, a Shaman Drum Dancer, a woman stretching a seal skin and other works illustrating a more traditional Inuit life.