With the head separate from the body it gives the impression that the shaman is detached from the human world and is now in the spirit world. With the design of the head I wanted to make the eyes large with the pupils dilated, suggesting the transformation and giving the expression a little less seriousness and a little more humour.
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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