There are times that I get an idea into my head and it is hard to get it out until I come up with a design that works. With this one, I wanted to try and incorporate aspects of cubism, which has always interested me, so from there I started reading up on the ideas and how cubism came about — and what type of images were made based on those tenets.
The basic idea of cubism was the breaking down of an image into facets, denoting volume and space — with light also playing a major role. When Picasso saw Cezanne’s painting, Mont Sainte-Victoire from Bibemus Quarry, he made a number of exploratory paintings incorporating those elements, but it was his painting of the art-dealer, Ambroise Vollard, where he refined the facets and cubes to make them smaller and more like prisms.
With my owl piece, I wanted to try and break down the surface of the owl into facets — and at the same time have movement within the shapes themselves.
One side does have more movement than the other, but I learned a number of things that will help me to continue with the ideas for other designs that I have in mind.
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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