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I haven’t made very many Sednas — but with the original shape of this stone, it was easy to see her in it. I put her hair in the traditional buns because I wanted to portray an older Sedna — one that has been around for a while, and who has become more content over the years. She looks up in confidence with her earrings sparkling. The tail is raised, as if in a playful and relaxed way — expressing ease and confidence.

When it became time to add the arms (or, in this case, fins), I took the humpback whale’s fins as my point of reference — at the back edge of their fins are these protuberances (or bumps), which here refer back to the original Sedna story… where the bumps represent her fingers and thumbs that were cut off, which, as they fell into the sea, created all the sea-creatures. Other references that I had fun with was her hair, which as it hangs down can be seen as being seal flippers, moving in a playful clapping motion — and when the work is turned upside down, the underside of her hair has the look of a fish’s neck — these motifs didn’t really occur to me until I was refining the surface, but it felt good to play with the ideas.

Michael Massie

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Michael Massie

Michael Massie

RCA

Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

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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