Jennifer Angaiak Wood

Jennifer Angaiak Wood

“The more I learn about Yup’ik art and tradition, the more I learn about my ancestors and myself. Each time I finish a mask I feel as if I have brought back a piece of historic Yup’ik life into the modern world. The old masks and stories inspire my work, but I usually include modern materials and experiences to emphasize that we are not relics of the past. We are living, breathing beings, and so is our artistic expression. Carving has become a way for me to make visual the connections I feel to my culture and to share those ideas and stories with others.”

-Jennifer Angaiak Wood