“A fun piece. I could see the owl in the stone as soon as I looked at it. Now I just needed to make it interesting. This was achieved through the way the eyes are looking and the way the brass was added. His wings are folded over and his eyes are half shut — after looking at it for awhile I started to think of my years in high school when I was in drama. I thought it fitting to have this title because it reminded me of that time. For our last year in high school, our drama teacher brought together a number of tragic scenes from five or six plays (like Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, etc.) and made these work as a single play. I was in all of the tragic scenes that were being played and thought of this as I looked at the owl’s eyes.”
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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