Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“wonder, worried and waiting”


When looking over a piece of stone, I am always thinking of how to make it worth the viewer’s while to walk around the piece, and to have, perhaps, different images coming for the one piece. This makes it more interesting and more of a challenge for me.

From the very beginning with this stone, I could see a person bent over and looking through their legs. I couldn’t get that image out of my head. So from there I began my grinding. Always only working the side that has the original idea…but as I began removing stone, I could see another figure that was also bent over with his mouth open and his hand holding it open, but that wasn’t the figure I had originally thought that I had seen, which was that was of another figure bent over with his hand on his head.

The figure of the person looking through their legs, is Wonder…like, “I wonder what it would look like from this perspective”. The figure with his hand in his mouth, is Worried…like, “I just don’t know if I can do that”. And the figure with his hand on his head, is Waiting…like, “I wonder if I should be worried, because I’ve been waiting so long”.

—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.