Pudlalik Shaa is one of the sons of noted sculptor Aqjangajuk Shaa RCA. Aqjangajuk’s influence on Pudlalik’s work is evident in the incorporation of a number of elements such as a dynamic fluid line and attention to detail.
He made his first carving when he was twelve and has been carving ever since. Pudlalik learned by watching other artists, like his father, in Cape Dorset. Another aspect of Shaa’s work is his occasional use of an axe while carving; this refers to the traditional use of the axe as a carving tool by generations of carvers in that area. Pudlalik more often uses the modern tools available to him.
Cape Dorset serpentine ranges in color from light yellow-green to black. Although a hard stone, in skilled hands the serpentine offers the opportunity to achieve flowing forms, lines bold and delicate, as well as a glistening, elegant finish. Sites for finding the stone are many miles east of Dorset. The artist has utilized contrasting textures on the stone which shows his dexterity with the medium.