Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“a moment of pause”


A lovely thing about being with the same partner for so long is that my wife, Jo-Ann, knows the shape of the stones that I prefer when starting my designs. Sometimes she finds quite odd ones - knowing that the more awkward the shape, the more of a challenge it is for me to get a form out of it. Fun for me!

This stone created a challenge because of its thinness and overall shape. Not having much stone to start with I tried to come up with an image that has as much dimension as possible. Because of the thickness of the stone, I had to place her hands behind her back - and this in itself was fun because I had to try and make it look like her hair flowed over her arms and hands. I was looking to have the effect of her tail tilted and in front of her, as if she is about to sit on the rock.

Giving her scales gave me the idea to add brass to each one to help them stand out more; the two brass lines represent the trim around the parkas but also helps to divide the top from the bottom. I felt that she had to have a big, happy, face - just because it could be done. With that, because I do make earrings, I thought it only fitting that she would wear a pair (and that they should be ulus)… like the shape of the ulu her father gave her when she was a young girl.

She (Sedna) is about to sit upon a rock to have “a moment of pause” while she reminisces about her childhood.

—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.