On my mother’s side of the family, the one thing that we all seem to share in are hearing problems — and is the same for my brother, sister, cousins, aunts and uncles. I was quite young when Mom’s hearing-loss became noticeable to us kids. As time went on, her hearing became worse, and this was the same for her brothers and sisters. As young kids we learned to adapt to the fact that this was the way things were going to be — and that there was a fair chance that one of us would develop the same symptoms as our parents. Now when I talk to family, I am finding out this is indeed happening to some of us as well. Two years ago, Mom had a Cochlear implant and the results have been quite amazing, she now hears sounds that she hasn’t heard in years.
With all of this having been said, I have become aware that this is also coming my way. Within the past year, the ringing in my left ear has been getting worse and I have been trying to deal with this constant noise. This sculpture is my attempt to personify all this: It consists of a plate (wood), an ear (serpentine), a bell (brass and bone) and me (bone and copper) — all of which come to explain how I see this defect. It is my left ear that is being effected and the bell is the noise. So while I am being consumed by the noise and have all of this on my plate… I can say, “i didn’t order this.”
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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