american, siberian yupik
St. Lawrence Island
Anchorage, AK "Contrary to popular conception, I am not caught between two worlds: I am walking in many simultaneously. With these things in mind, I seek to communicate the evolution of Inuit Art." -Susie Silook In Susie Silook's culture, the men traditionally are the carvers. She challenges tradition simply by being a female carver. Her delicate and intricate sculptures are connected to the stories of her culture, yet they are very individualized pieces. The tradition of carving was passed down to Silook by her family and culture. Because her art training has come mostly through tradition, she says she is able to "focus on my cultural identity, to strive for an authenticity that is a challenge to achieve in a multicultural world." She supports her family through her work. "Descended on her father's side from a long lineage of hunters, artists, writers, and archaeological workers, with her father a successful carver in his own right. A creative writer and artist, Silookk was a recipient of an Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art in 2001. Among the public collections that include her work is the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska. There must be others.