Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“listening to her spirit”


I have had this piece of stone sitting around my studio for sometime, and I could never see anything in it until I actually put it up on my ‘thinking’ table.

After hours of looking, I finally saw an image of a woman leaning to one side. I didn’t want to remove too much stone, as that is how I’d been taught, so I decided to add the owl in the remainder of the stone.

The owl takes up most of the piece - and that turned out to be a good thing, because when looking at it from the left side, you don’t see the woman at all, making it a nice surprise when viewing the piece.

Like just about everyone, we all at times listen to our inner self. I was always told that it was OK to talk to yourself…but answering yourself isn’t necessarily such a good thing! So, for this woman, I have given her a spirit to both talk with and listen to.

—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.