It is interesting to watch animals sleeping — and then to see them awaken by something as simple as a — sudden gust of wind. In essence, we are all animals, and so to see someone being woken in the same manner is quite funny at times. Here I was trying to capture what it would be like if an owl was woken suddenly. One wing is small because it is still tucked into its side, while the other has been blown straight up by the wind. His eyes have just opened and they have the surprised look of a creature being suddenly awake.
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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