Transformation - Carved black soapstone sculpture depicting a transformation figure with the face of a bird.
One of the most renowned female Inuit carvers, Maudie Ohiktook was born at Thom Bay on the eastern Boothia Peninsula. She began carving in 1968 together with her husband, James Ohiktook.
When I am in the first stages of a carving, it is hard to see what it will be--for me anyway. I never know what I am making until I start chipping away at it. Only when I see a figure, do I start knowing what it will be. So at first I chip it, then finally I know to go ahead and make whatever I see.
Measures approx. 10 x 6.5 in