A masterful carving of a playful embrace.
19 x 19 x 13.5 cm
Stone carving, serpentinite
At 25, Thomassie Echalook began carving as a way of earning money while living at an outpost camp. His family moved into Inukjuak, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec), in 1963. Although he began as a carver, he also made prints for several years, after attending a workshop in Puvirnituq in 1972 with his nephew, Noah Echalook. Upon their return, they transformed an abandoned portable classroom into a print studio, which was eventually moved to the co-op in 1975. Thomassie was the manager of the print studio until it closed in 1976.