Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“limited space”


For me personally, making art can be fun — but there are times when it can also be quite stressful. This is what was going through my mind as I made this piece.

What came to my mind was how cramped it can get at times in an elevator. Now, given where I live, I only get a chance to get in one of these when I leave here and go to a larger centre — like Toronto, say. When I do get the chance, I tend to make light of the fact that people can be pretty uptight when stuck in there at times! I prefer to look at it as an experience — have a laugh — try and put a smile on someone’s face — or even just try to have a conversation.

But then there are times when I get in an elevator that it can be very stressful, depending on the people that are in it, or maybe the height you are going, or just where you happen to be standing in that elevator.

So for me art is often somewhat like this — sometimes I have a whole lot of fun making a piece… but then there are times that I feel so cramped up in my studio, or my head, that I just want to get out. Sometimes (and luckily for me!) some friends of mine are going up to a cabin to do some ice fishing — or are just out taking in the country. What a feeling, even if just for a couple of days… to be out where the space is unlimited and not stuck in my shop… where the four walls can feel like that elevator!

—Michael Massie

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.