Many of us only think of humour as being something funny or laughable, but I also think of it as something that can get me through difficult times. As I was working on “speaking in tongues” I was approached by a neighbour about the amount of noise that I was making with my angle grinder. After he left, I didn’t feel comfortable working outside—and I certainly wasn’t happy about the situation! Angry and more than a little discouraged, I felt that I needed to make something a little less serious—and this is what came from this.
No matter what the situation, a little humour sure helps to relieve tension and make life a little more bearable! As I worked on this, to be honest, I began to feel like doing a little dance in front of the guy… just to see how he’d react!
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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