I have never made an owl with its wings spread out and thin, so I thought I would try one. For me it was a test to see how thin the stone could go. After the eyes and beak were added the look became very stern.
Coming up with titles are sometimes very easy — but then there are times where the title was a challenge, like with this piece. When stuck for ideas for a title I will often go to the dictionary, and with this one I started with ‘As’. Coming across the word, adjutant, I read the meaning but then just below that was: adjutant bird, marabou. Also, adjutant stock. [Because of the bird’s erect and seemingly military bearing.]. “Interesting”, was the first word that I said. So, there it is … the title! I now find the title very appropriate for this piece, as it projects an authority — as if he is telling them all to do something or directing people in a direction.
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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