The stone found in Baffin Island is metamorphic rock – has a composition similar to jade and is known as Steatite or Serpentine. It’s varying colour (ranging from light to dark green, to brown and black) is derived from the veining and inclusion of minerals such as iron and quartzite.
The artists of southern Baffin Island tend to work in a highly creative and representational style. Carvings are often elegant and detailed with smooth and flowing curves. Animals are a favourite subject matter and are naturally and beautifully rendered. Dancing figures – Bears, Drum Dancers and Walruses are also very popular subject matter. Spirit and transformation pieces draw upon Inuit legends for their inspiration.
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