The beautiful thing about serpentine is that you can make the piece very simple and still have the volume. The grain and the colour of the stone just lends itself to simplicity at times. In my early days of carving I used to make the pieces very simple with very little detail, just bold shapes. With this one I am trying to give a sense of an owl that has been startled — and that what it was that had startled him can only be left to the imagination!
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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