Oviloo Tunnillie is one of the most respected and original of the second generation of Inuit artists–those who grew up seeing art created by their elders in the 1950s, when carvings and prints became an exciting new industry. Oviloo watched her father, Toonoo, as he carved and she began to carve herself in the early 1960s. She developed a style of unadorned surfaces and intensely personal subjects. Her art focuses on the female form and life experiences, and most often the experiences are her own. She often expresses raw emotion, as embodied in this sculpture. Other works express the challenge and satisfaction resulting from the act of artistic creation. Her autobiographical references are the precursors of a third generation of artists who put their modern-day experiences into art.