Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“i don’t know” (2007)

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“This little owl has the most character of any owl I have made to date. I could always see an owl in this piece of stone and I knew that its head would be tilted. I wanted his wings to be up and out as if to make the statement “I don’t know.” Kind of like how we get when we either don’t know the answer—or don’t want the other person to know that we know but don’t want to let on we know!”

Michael Massie

Michael Massie

RCA OC

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.