Just having fun with this piece. Making the feet for an owl is quite enjoyable to be honest — and they give it character.
When I was much younger, a game we used to play pretty much year round was “king of the hill”. It may have been a sand-hill in the summer or a snow-hill in the winter, but the objective was to become the one on top of the hill and, once there, you had to hold that position for as long as possible — as king.
Because the idea was to remain the king — and others were trying to unseat you — then anything could happen — and usually did. This is why he stands on the top of the hill, balanced at the very center of his foot. I purposely made the hill small because when we were younger, everything looked much bigger. Although now, when you go back years later to look at the old favourite spots, things strangely seem to look a lot smaller!
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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