A fun piece for me. I had made a piece titled the quilt maker (for my solo show in 2012) and had this piece of stone left over which was the cut-out from underneath the outstretched arm of the quilt-maker. It was a nice piece of stone and large enough to get another piece out of… and I could already see something in it… but it was by sheer accident that it came to be like this. Originally I was going to have the owl stand upright and be attached to a piece of bone. As I was working, I needed to get a marker to mark out the position of the stone to the bone that was to be the base, so I set the piece on the table with the flat end (the head) down. As I turned to go back to the marking, I noticed that I could see the Owl standing on his head… and he looked great. So this is the direction I decided to go.
As for the story on the title: These two owls were trying to decided who was to do what task — and they both wanted the easier of the two jobs. Unable to decide without getting into an argument, they decided to flip a coin. And with that, the Owl who won the toss flipped on his head and shouted, “heads, I win!”
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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