Artist Statement: At Yupik Days 2013, I was in the Miss Sivuqaq contest, and my mother drew these tattoos on my face, which she said were like the ones that were tattooed on my grandmother’s face. The flower on the forehead reminds me of the bluebells that grow everywhere around my grandmother’s house in the summer. The moon represents the peace in my family and the freedom that I am given, the woman’s knife my culture and tradition, the coffee cup the joys of my life that I drink up each day, the rabbit my childhood when my friends and I would play with a rabbit, and the heart my love for my family and my love for life.
Artist Statement: The seal is a very special animal to me and to our family. My mother uses the skin to make Eskimo dolls that she sells, and after the hunters catch the seals and bring them home, they cut them into pieces, put them into Ziploc bags, and share them with the elders and others. I love the shape and size of the seal, and how cute and fat they are.
Artist Statement: In this piece, I wanted to show the people of my community the way I view myself, and my view of the world with colors. I view myself and my world a bit differently, and I would like people to know that. The fox is special to me because we use the fur for the outside lining of the hood of our traditional clothing.
Artist Statement: During a special day last summer, I was riding along the beach. I stopped at the mountain, and it was so quiet and peaceful. A couple minutes later I heard many birds. I looked up and saw swarms of puffins leaving the cracks of the rocks on the mountain and flying above me. Soon, there were hundreds of them, and the air was filled with their beautiful sounds. The sun was setting and for a while, it was just me and the puffins.