Artists

Moesesee Pootoogook (1977 -  )

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Mosesee (Moe) Pootoogook was born in Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay) on June 16th 1977 but has lived in Cape Dorset all his life. Moe started carving at the age of just 11, learning by watching his father, the well-known sculptor Paulassie Pootoogook. "My father taught me to carve and sometimes we work together making carvings."

Moe decides what to carve depending on the stone, but he likes to carve dancing bears or figures in action all with a delicate innate balance. His carvings are usually small to medium sized, and Moe feels that his work has improved as he gains confidence in his ability to manipulate the stone to create different shapes often incorporating a sense of flamboyancy and stylisation into his carvings, most notably in his whimsical portrayal of dancing bears with their characteristic snout. He carves in steatite serpentine, a hard metamorphic rock with modest talc content, indigenous to Baffin Island.

An avid soccer player, Moe enjoys spending time out on the land as much as he likes living within the community. He has taught some of his friends how to carve and appreciates the opportunities for independence that carving can provide, as he regards it as a job and it is his sole source of income. Moe believes that Inuit art is important: "...it's for our culture".