This is a self-described piece. I could see the face in the stone as soon as I looked at it and as the piece went on and the body was in the shaping, I could see that it was to be a happy-go-lucky type expression.
It is of oneself and I am looking, but not seeing, what is front of me. Rather, I am looking past that what is in front and dreaming of what could be as I imagine it to be. As an artist, like most, if not all, we dream while we are awake. Some prefer to do their dreaming alone and then there are others, like myself, who dream at the most inappropriate times - like when someone is talking to me. They may say something that triggers a thought or idea and I can’t help but go into that ‘dream state’ while listening. Many of my ideas and pieces have come about in this way.
While I was working on this piece, as usual, I was listening to my music selection in the studio - and the song, “Spirits” by the Strumbellas, was playing. I noted a line in the song which goes: “I’ll be a dreamer till the day I die”, and I saw it only fitting that I title this piece from the song. It sums it up in one line.
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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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