Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“koodlapoodlalook: the consequences of disbelief”


This piece is based on the story of the monster that lives at the ice edge and snatches kids that venture too close. Here, two boys had been disbelieving of the existence of the monster and challenged the story—and in the end were taken to the bottom of the sea.

As a parent myself, I am always worried and concerned about the well-being of my kids—so this story is a good example of what lengths we parents will go to to protect our children. As a parent here in the south, we tell our children not to play in the middle of the street… watch out for cars, etc. So these stories are the same warnings—only told in a different way… I just happen to like the Koodlapoodlalook story better!

Michael Massie

Michael Massie


Inuit, Métis

Happy Valley - Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

(1962- )

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.