This piece became the inspiration for the larger work “a surreal look at shamanism.” At the time I had these two pieces of wood that were shaped like kayaks, and for this smaller one, I simply added the figure. The stone used was quite thin — and I really wanted to try and get that three-dimensional look when looked at straight-on. Having a wing and a leg for arms serves as the indication that he is a shaman. With no paddle… he is adrift, hence the title.
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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