I’ve had this piece of serpentine sitting in my workshop for some time. Looking it over, I began to see this large face and started working to release it. Very soon I saw how the wings would work and everything came together very well.
The story that came to my mind as I was looking the piece over was that of the shamans who are called upon to help in hard times. So it followed that I gave his face the appearance of the ribs of a starving person. Then, thinking that this could a quite sensitive topic, I decided to add some humour by giving him some hair. As the stone is that rich green serpentine, I chose the white hair to contrast.
Massie’s work is a reflection of his mixed Inuit, Métis and Scottish heritage. In it, he investigates both traditional and contemporary themes. He has achieved renown for his innovative teapots that combine themes and symbols from his native Inuit culture with European traditions. Massie has been twice short-listed for the coveted Prix Saidye Bronfman and has an extensive international reputation. His work has been shown in North America and Europe, including the National Gallery of Canada. He was elected a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2011.
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