Working with stone such as serpentine (which is harder for me to get) tends to keep one thinking of what is actually wastage and what can be kept. The first step in making a sculpture is to find the bottom and then cut off the excess. Often these are big enough pieces to use for smaller pieces — such as this piece.
I have made a number of pieces in the past which refer to my own personal experience — and here is another! When I was younger I used to enjoy the feeling of how it felt to fall into soft powdery snow. I would stand up straight and let myself fall and wait for the snow flakes to puff up all around me. After a while, falling to fall became a bit boring — so then it became a game to see who could look back the farthest without falling.
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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