I have never worked on a piece of bone like this before, so it was exciting and challenging at the same time. As you know, I like to work with owls—and I envisioned this piece with four of them. I wanted balance in the piece, but I didn’t want it to be exactly the same, just as in the symmetry of our faces… both sides are similar, but not the same.
The whole time I was working on this one, I was thinking of a line in one of Jane Siberry’s songs, “You can’t chop down a symmetry”. I have always liked and chuckled at that one, so I quite wanted to somehow add it to the title of the piece.
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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