Over the years I have made many owls — with no two ever the same. Approaching them this way makes me look and think differently every time. When I see an owl in the stone it’s sometimes hard to get that image out of my mind and see other things. Simple forms and clean lines is what I am looking for in the owls. Here he looks down and stares in the direction the stone points to — and with this in mind, I try and use the stone in the shape that I am presented with from the start.
I thought of this title for this reason: I was thinking of the fact that he is staring down — and was reminded of our visit as a family (Jo-Ann, Alex, Tyler and I ) to my folk’s home in Happy Valley a few weeks ago. To while away the time, this little game started between Mom and Alex — they would try and stare each other down, and the first one to smile wins. Needless to say, Mom would keep winning, usually because she always started out with a very slight smile… just enough to notice.
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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