Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

the accordion at midnight (2006)

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“I was looking through a number of magazines and noticed that there were quite a few with pictures of people playing the accordion—and also several with images of carvings where people or animals are playing. I thought that it would be fun to have an owl playing the accordion while another danced.

“It is also interesting to note that the accordion is a common instrument in this province (Newfoundland & Labrador)… and it has been the basis of many a kitchen party (the best type of party!). As soon as the accordion is played—there is always someone who gets up to dance. This is what I wanted to depict here… the fun, the excitement, and the music, which brings people together.

“The two figures had to blend into each other, so I was looking at the contrast of the light and dark of the stone… and I had to figure out how to make their feet work! In the end, I left their feet textured but polished the body of the dancing owl, and on the other side I polished the accordion while leaving the player textured. I hope that it is as much fun to view as it was to create!”

Michael Massie

Michael Massie

RCA OC

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.