Having a little fun here, and while working on this piece, I was thinking of an old cartoon character who was shown with a head with eyes on top and the nose and fingers hanging over a line (was this Kilroy?). While not wanting to copy that image completely, I used an owl with the top section of its head showing and with its wings stretched up… so it looked more like it was sinking.
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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