There are very few of my pieces that have a base — and less that are of a character in flight. The shape of this piece came pretty much from the shape of the stone from the very beginning. If you are familiar with my work, you will know that I do make a large number of owls, each one different. And if you are not familiar with my work, I can tell you that this is one creature that appears in my works quite often! It wasn’t hard to see the owl in this piece because of its shape… and because of its shape it needed a base… a base that resembles a snowdrift.
For me the owl has always been the most interesting of the bird family — because of how it looks and because of its human-like qualities. While I was working on this piece, I came in from the studio one evening and on the APTN channel there was a program about the Stealth Bomber and how they used the owl as their model. Because the owl flies and glides through the air in complete silence, they wanted to understand why… and how it could apply to the plane design. As the program went on they explained the reasons.
To make a long story short, From that point, I began to think of the times Dad and I would watch all the WWII programs on the different periods of the war — and when these featured the pilots and their planes, that’s when I was the most fascinated. From there I started to think about growing-up watching the Bugs Bunny Show… and there was a cartoon with Bugs saying, “pilot to bombardier… pilot to bombardier…” This is what came from all that thinking!
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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