Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



Sometimes it is not easy or simple to get access to more good stone, so I have to work with just the stone on hand. I have very little stone at the moment and what I do have is quite limited in regards to shape and size. So, a great incentive to spending a few days looking and sketching!

I was thinking of the stories Inuit parents would tell their children, like not walking too close to the ice edge (or the sea creature would reach up and grab you), and other cautionary tales. The design I came up with reminded me of these stories.

Paying attention to your surroundings when out on the land is a big part of looking after yourself and others. When you keep an eye on everything around you, you have a better understanding of where you are and with what may be happening that could prove difficult. To be observant means a better chance of survival.

In this case, the two walrus are happily playing on the ice pan, rolling over each other and are completely oblivious to the approaching hunters. As one can see, the kayakers are surrounding the unwary two, making things interesting for both sides.

—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.