It is difficult for me to get the dark serpentine, so I was lucky enough to have a friend going over to St. John’s (to see the Leonard Cohen concert) and he was able to pickup this nice piece of serpentine for me. As he walked up to my studio, as soon as I saw the stone, I knew it was an owl. Looking it over better I could see more owls in the stone … and it turns out that there are four owls in the piece, two mothers and two younglings.
On the one side, that mother has a calmer more relaxed look — but the other mother has a stern and more direct look on her face. With the two youngsters, I gave them a mischievous look … that of young boys who are always into things they aren’t supposed to be into. Both mothers have their wings in the position of holding back the curious youngsters — still protecting them by keeping them under their wings.
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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