Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“transfixed in thought”


With the original shape of this stone it wasn’t hard for me to see a figure in it. Because of the position of what had to be the head, I felt that the face needed to have a look of deep thought, as with the shape of the drooped shoulders and tilted head, the figure simply had that feeling of standing thought or that of daydreaming.

In my head I began to see a story of a man who was told that if he thought too hard — or became so transfixed in thought — that whatever he thought about he would become, or become part of. In this case the man was thinking of a spirit — in fact, his own spirit — and what it might look like to him. This is the beginning stage of his thought, very little is given away at this point, or even thought of. As his imagination wanders, so too does the spirit.

—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.