“A few weeks ago, a few friends and I went to where I get my stone and this time there was a great deal more to choose from, much more than the last time. When I saw this particular stone I just knew I had to take it with me. Right away I could see some kind of sea creaturefish, whale, etc.something to do with the sea.
“While I had first intended to add a piece of moose antler as the right flipper/fin, I opted out because I wanted to try and balance the piece on its own without having another element that could distract from the stone itself. So, knowing what I wanted, I then proceeded to work on the piece, and I was looking for something that would compliment the stone but not take away from the simplicity of the design. My wife, Jo-Ann, suggested a necklace or a head-piece that could work with the design. I found myself thinking back to when I met the singer, Susan Aglukark in Gjoa Haven (before she went to Banff for vocal studies) and how she helped bring the headband (a sort of tiara) back into the limelight. I remember how she wore one in one of her videos and how it became popular as part of the traditional clothing again. All I can really say about this piece of jewellery is that it was worn mostly in the Arviat area.
“As it became part of the piece, I found that it balanced out the topand just set off the piece, giving it the goddess feel. I had her looking down and to the side because I wanted the feeling of solitude, of the Sedna at peace. She is happyhe has let her hair down and is relaxing for the day. I was trying to have an enigmatic smirk on her lips, she is thinking of something but what? This is where the viewer can add their part to the story!”
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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