Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“laughter was his downfall”


Taking a break from working on other pieces, I was leafing through the book, “Art and Expression of the Netsilik” and was intrigued by the piece by Judas Ullulaq, Arnayukyuk: The Woman who tried to Make People Laugh p.162. It was that piece that inspired me to make this piece:

“This is the story about an evil woman who would try to make people laugh. If she succeeded, she would put them into her amautik and take them away with her.” (the short version)

After thinking about this story I thought of how detached it was to steal someone for laughing — so here I made the amautik seem detached from the woman, as if there were no connection between the two — because the impression that I got from the story is that they aren’t related. So I gave the woman larger teeth to emphasize her evil nature, and I felt that the figure in the amautik should express terror, so I made him look as he was crying as he tried to escape from the hood of the amautik.

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.