Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“see creature”


I was looking at the stone and the first thing I saw was a face. So out came the sketchbook and started a few drawings to work out ideas.

With the shape of the face that emerged, it was beginning to feel like a sea creature - and with that I began to think about the kakivak (fishing trident). I thought of sea creatures in stories and how there are so many different versions of them… and I thought I could make my own version.

The wood surround acts both as his arms - but at the same time - as the two outer “tines” of the kakivak. The horn which comes from his head is meant to look like it goes through it, giving it a look of the centre spike of the kakivak. I added whiskers because his face so reminded me of a walrus… and gave it the title, ‘see creature’ because it is how I see the creature!

—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.