I was reading the book Sculpture of the Eskimo (Inuit) by George Swinton. On page 22, first paragraph, he writes: “Three carvings, which for the sake of identification, I have entitled ‘Bear and Walrus Theme’…” After reading this section of the book, it gave me the idea to make a piece that would be my version of what he was talking about. Swinton went on to explain that the only information that he was able to obtain was that “there are all kinds of things happening in nature for which man cannot find explanations” and “which man must not seek to explain… might it belong to a creation myth, might it be the marriage between two powerful but different forces in nature, or might it be a typical Inuit fable with the ubiquitous mixed-union content?”
After looking over the stone for some time, I decided this piece would be the after-effects of copulation between these two animals. The wood flipper is what makes it stand apart from the actual or happening in nature… to the fable/myth version given by Swinton. If it can’t be explained—it is just part of the imagination, at least, mine.
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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