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Inuit woman brought carved stone to life

Oviloo Tunnillie: A Woman's Story in Stone, $28
In this Kingston Whig Standard article, WAG-Qaumajuq Curator of Inuit Art, Darlene Coward Wight gives insight into the life of Oviloo Tunnillie.

The novice artist’s early nature carvings were “made with an axe and files, the tools of her carver father,” Wight said. “For an Owl carved in 1974, she remembered using an axe on the body and sandpaper to shape the feathers on the wings.” The work required strength and a level of patient perseverance, plus a gentle touch to create fine details. She then polished the sculpture to a smooth finish.

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