|Dimensions||10 × 24 × 2 in|
Green Alabaster, Wild Turkey Feathers
This is a stylized Ice Char, a trout-like fish found in waters far above the Arctic Circle. It spends summers in the ocean and winters in frozen lakes. It was carved as a memento to a trip taken to Cambridge Bay, a community on Victoria Island, one of the fabled Arctic islands along the Northwest Passage discovered by Roald Amundson in the early 20th Century. In late August, the Char were returning by the thousands up a local river to their wintering grounds. Their silvery bodies glimmered from every ripple of the stream and their fins nearly covered its surface. I chose the stone because its surface polishes to a shine similar to the reflection of the Char in the sunlight and because it lends itself to the sharp lines and edges that I enjoy touching and carving so much.