SIMON OLEEKATALIK, TALOYOAK/SPENCE BAY, E4-129, Spence Bay
GIRL JUMPING ROPE
signed in syllabics, c.1993
10.25 ins x 8 ins x 2 ins; 26 cms x 20.3 cms x 5.1 cms
The artist was born in Gjoa Haven but moved with his parents to Taloyoak (Spence Bay) in 1962. He spent a year in an Edmonton hospital where he made his first carving. As a carpenter he is usually busy with building projects, but he sets some time aside for carving sculptures. This work would be his most popular and defining subject matter.
Darlene Coward Wight, Art & Expression of the Netsilik, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2000, page 99.