Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“waking up in a nightmare”


Still into a winter that just won’t go away, we are complaining of all the snow and cold weather we are getting, only to be forgetting about what comes with the warmer seasons of the year - bugs - all kinds of them. No matter where we live, in any of the provinces, there are bugs that get under our skin - pardon the pun!

When I was working on this piece I wasn’t sure what type of bug to use, so I decided to take parts from different bugs and a few of my own ideas…in trying to convey the feeling of disgust or annoyance and frustration.

For this guy, bugs are all of those things and more. During the season when he is out fishing, the bugs are everywhere - and I mean - everywhere! They seem to be waiting for him when he wakes up each day - but a few simply couldn’t wait and decide to grab an early breakfast by sneaking inside of the tent and getting a head start on their day.

As he prepares for his day of fishing, the bugs ere everywhere. He takes out his lunch and they land all over his meal…no matter what, he’s going to eat a few - not by choice but by chance. There are so many he can’t avoid it.

After a day of complete annoyance, he gets home - no fish - but lots of bites!! He tries to go to sleep, again, the buzzing. Sleep comes at last, but it is more like a nightmare, as his dreams are filled with bugs! Even there, in his dreams, they are a constant annoyance”’ - it is like “waking up in a nightmare”

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.