The story to this piece came from watching one of my favourite channels, TCM. Those golden oldies are great to watch, as I find them much calmer and not as drastic as what we are offered now. The humour that was projected then is different than what it is today, with some of it being quite risque and at times a bit more edgy. However, I was watching this particular movie and the scene was a couple in a hotel room. They were both getting dressed — and while she was still just wearing her petticoats — a friend of his just barges into the room… and her partner jumps in front of her to gallantly block his friend’s view of her. Who would do that today?
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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