This piece is about second thoughts. We all have them — and sometimes they just come too late.
When I first picked up this piece of stone, again the first thing I could see was an owl, but not really wanting to go that route again at the time, I had a second thought. This was to do something quite different…
The idea for the heads came from the fact that I haven’t really concentrated on just heads — ever. So I took this stone and went that way with the idea. The one side emerged as someone having a calm second thought … while the other represents one that came too late. Or you could look at it as someone having a second thought … and it is a good one (and things can go nice and smooth), but then there are times when that second thought is a harder route but makes more sense. Either way, the idea works. I added copper to represent traditional facial tattooing amongst the Inuit women — but in western culture, it isn’t just the women that gets tattoos … men do as well, so that was my reason for that idea.
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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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