Isa Aqiattusuk Smiler, Woman Softening a Skin, Early 1960s
Stone, 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5 9/10 in.
Isa Smiler skillfully depicted scenes from daily life, and particularly women's chores, without regard to whether the subjects were appealing. This sculpture is a case in point. The woman is chewing on a piece of skin in order to soften it to make it into clothing. Consequently, most of her mouth is obscured. But the rest of her face is lovely, with eyebrows and nares delicately delineated. Her clothing is carefully detailed, with a toggle on the front of her amaut and generous, graceful volumes in the rear, and a rippling surface that makes the figure dynamic.
Isa Aqiattusuk Smiler | Woman Softening a Skin | Early 1960s | Alaska on Madison
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