Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the agony of unrequited thought”


As we all do on occasion, I was going through a time of thoughts and they weren’t perhaps the best thoughts. But we all have those moments in our life… these things happen. It’s getting over them is the thing, either by letting them go or sticking them so far back in the reaches of the mind that they won’t appear again for some time. As an artist though, sometimes the way of dealing with these things is to give it a shape - and make it somehow more than being just about oneself.

I was trying to get the point of that struggle across by giving the man wings, and of being in that moment of wanting to fly - metaphorically speaking - but he is held back, most likely by his own doubt. This is shown by his right hand which is holding down the wing, making him unable him to fly. His left hand is pulling on his mouth as if to stop him saying what is on his mind. He has an owl foot for two reasons:

1. Because he wants to transform, to be something or someone else other than what he thinks he is at the moment.
2. Because I wanted it to look like an owl from the back.

I also presented him nude on the back… you can see his butt. This is to show that he is, indeed, naked to the world - exposing all for everyone to see.

—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.