With every stone carving I make, I will always try to utilize the actual shape of the stone. When I first began stone carving in 1992, one thing that was always a consideration was to not to waste the stone, because of its cost. Things are perhaps a little different now — but the essential premise of making the stone work to advantage is still there.
The stone for this piece was what was removed from a previous piece to get it to stand on its own on the table. I couldn’t help but see an Owl making this face. Now, I have a friend who can make this type of look work! We happened to be over at their house for a boxing day BBQ. and his daughter was going around taking pictures. When she came up to her father, she said, “Give me a look!” To which he replied, “Do you mean this look?” I instantly thought of this piece — and thus its title!
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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