Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“my family as nyctea scandiaca (the snowy owl)” (2006)


At first as I was working the stone, I was thinking of having an owl holding a lemming in its talons, but as I removed more and more stone it was apparent that this was not to be the case. After the first evening of looking over what was taken away that I saw this, a family of owls, and what better to add than my family. Jo-Ann is the top and more dominant owl. I am the large head below her. Tyler is the lone owl to my right, Alexandra (Alex) is the smallest owl and Keshia is the larger owl standing over Alex. Since they were to be my family, I decided to have the eyes the same colour as what ours are. What can be said about this piece is that “behind every man there is a great woman!” As a man there is some need for control or as I prefer to say “keep us in line!” This is why she is the dominant figure and I am below alongside the kids. It was funny this evening when I had everyone come out and see them before being shipped and they, the kids, knew who was who (get it “who who”)! Anyway, I liked the idea of doing a piece of my family as this way there is a record of it and the kids feel a little more part of what I do.

—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.