I gave this piece two titles because after I had made the basic shape, I was talking over the idea for the owl with Jo-Ann. Right away she didn’t really like the way it stood on the table, as she found the head too close to the table… but I liked how it looked this way. For me, I was thinking of the first time I was able to listen to a train by putting my ear to the tracks. Whereas, Jo-Ann liked it more where he is sitting and his head cocked to the side. When I looked it over this way, the first thing that came to mind was him saying: “what?”. If you move the piece back and forth in these two positions, it looks like he is responding to a comment or remark.
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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