After a lovely night of looking through books featuring masks and African Art, I sat at my desk and began drawing — and the first thing that made it to paper was a quick sketch of this piece. I tried a few more only to move on to other designs. I liked this one because of its simplicity and playfulness. You’ve guessed by now that humour is a big part of my work, so this is where the freckles and the title come into it — the humour. At the same time, this piece is also about linear form, where form is identified by lines that make up the overall shape. Where I got to with this piece became the start for the next piece, also in this body of work: “mask #1: prosperity mask.”
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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