Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“nervous wreck”


In my work there are times the original piece of stone tells me what is is to be…and sometimes even the story. With this one, it wasn’t until I had the piece roughed out that I knew that the figure would have the look of someone nervous or paranoid…I went with nervous! He looks over his shoulder as if he expects something to be there - only there isn’t - but he is nervous. He is not so used to being around people, and is always cautious…and not really sure of others… and frankly, he’s just a nervous wreck!

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.