Sometimes I will make a piece that is based on an event or story from my life. It may have happened recently or it may have happened many years ago. There have been times also when the piece started out with me not exactly sure of a story - and then something happens as I am working on the piece and it becomes an integral part of the piece. This is one of those stories. I just thought of this as I wrote this story…the title, which I had already signed on the bottom, is ” he had a wounded spirit “, but, in all honesty, it could also be called ” carrying a wounded spirit “. If I had my time back I probably would have titled it the latter.
Yesterday, January 31, 2018, was a day where people were asked to share the Bell’s slogan - ‘let’s talk’. In this context it was more about talking of mental issues. This is an issue that is, at most times, ‘a hidden issue’, for those who suffer from these illnesses. It is unfortunate that so many people suffer and often even their best friends don’t know or on’t see the signs. In some cases the family never knows how deep the illness goes. It is also unfortunate that the people that do suffer, find it embarrassing or shameful for feeling or thinking the way they do. For all the people out there that are suffering, just remember, there is always someone to talk with - be it a family member, a friend, or a professional that can help try and take the burden off. Please don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed, it’s not something that you asked for in the first place.
In this piece, I have represented the ‘spirit’ with an Owl. The Owls left wing is broken and the man is carrying ‘the spirit’. The man’s hand is closed around the bones in the wing, in order to keep it in place so he can bandage it before releasing the Owl back to nature.
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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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