Canadian (Inuit), 1962
silver and ebony
32.2 x 22.9 x 9.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41312)
"We are here only for a short time and, in my opinion, it's more exciting to try as many different things as you can, in as many different mediums as you can. I think that art in general is nothing but an experience of life." - Michael Massie
The curved shape of this teapot sculpture evokes the form of the "ulu" - a knife traditionally used by a woman - while the two spiralled projections recall the tusk of the narwhal, once believed to be the horn of the mythical unicorn. Massie is notable for his syncretistic joining of Western art influences with Inuit imagery.