Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“stories from the hood”


When I start out looking at a piece of stone, I don’t always see the whole picture. It isn’t until some of the stone is removed before it starts to take shape. There are times when I can’t come up with a title until the very end - and then there are times the title just happens for you.

This piece for example, “stories from the hood”. For me at the time the title became obvious when I had all the images figured out and knew where they would go. Then it just came to me, “that would work!”

The ‘hood’, from what I am to understand, is your home-turf or area. In this case it was a man from the north, who at the same time, has his hood up. So that is where the play on words came from.

The man had many “stories from the hood “. Some were of good times and others were of tough times. One can see this by the expression on his face… the right side profile of the man looks a little happier than that of the left profile.

There are stories that tell of the time he went walrus hunting and caribou hunting. And he told of the stories of Sedna, the sea goddess, the one who controls the animals of both the land and sea.

With all these “stories from the hood” we’re also being told of his ‘hood’ - the north.

—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.