Detroit artist Tiff Massey has created a silver apple one- hitter (pipe) titled ‘My First Time A White Bitch Had Me Smoking Out Of An Apple’ for Ornamentum’s “Up In Smoke” exhibition, She explains: “My first time was with a white girl in the locker room of the Catholic high school I attended… We did not have a pipe so she made one out of an apple. This was my first introduction to the "drug". I made a silver apple that functions as a one hitter. You pack it and smoke it."
Tiff Massey is an interdisciplinary artist drawing inspiration from African standards of economic vitality in works including both large-scale and wearable sculptures, music and performance. She uses contemporary observances of class and race through the lens of an African diaspora, combined with inspiration drawn from her experience in Detroit.
Tiff Massey holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has received numerous awards including a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship, winning the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge twice, and the 2019 recipient of Art Jewelry Forum’s Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant. Massey has participated in numerous US and International exhibitions and residencies.