Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“feathers of a bird”


I was thinking of the song and the saying, “birds of a feather.” With the simple shape of this stone, I really wanted to highlight the feathers more so than the bird. The piece had such beautiful lines from the beginning and I didn’t want to lose them — so I simply cleaned them up and left them pure and simple — and easy to tell that they are feathers.

—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.