Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“the bullrush and the dragonfly”


Well, it’s that time of year again that we get to see the strange plant that looks like a cigar on a long spear with that one single long leaf. As strange as it may seem, they were always in our house during the late fall and early winter. They were the one plant that Mom would pick every fall and put in a vase, placed on a table in the living room. It was always one of her favourite flowers.

As for the dragonfly, well, that’s one of my favourite insects. However, when I was much younger, they were one insect that I didn’t like at all - in fact, I used to be scared of them until I learned they ate mosquitoes. Then, I had more respect for them and I still enjoy watching them in action.

With this piece, I just thought the two of them would look great together.

—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.