Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“sound vision”


Michael having fun again with the play on words and how they are used!

I saw the owl shape in this one from the start, knowing that the feet would be added. When I inlaid the eyes and beak, it was only then did I come up with the title.

“sound vision”, is a word play because of the meanings of sound. Sound to mean: something which catches our attention. In the case of this owl, possible food. So from that - sound - it made him turn his head and look. The play on - sound - is: solid, firm, or strong - this being that it is known that birds of prey have excellent vision.

—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.