Months ago, some friends and I were talking about vertigo—and Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. While realizing that this is a very serious problem for some people, I still had to add a little humour to the situation! Vertigo is something I haven’t really experienced, other than the odd time that you have one too many drinks. The eyes had to give the impression of unease—one looks straight ahead and the other looks down slightly, just enough to throw everything off kilter and to express the dizziness—just like life can be! You just have to look at the lighter side of life if you want to get through.
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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