“I’m influenced by my own experience as a Lakota woman, as a Canadian, a mixed blood Canadian, and then my own relationship to the natural and supernatural world. So taking that whole bundle of experiences, it all goes in to the artwork, I think that’s where the multi-layering comes in because I’ve had a very multi-layered life. And it’s all those experiences that go in to the work.”
Art galleries hold our many and diverse stories. Within their wall, we are captured by visual messages that demand our attention, our focus, our deliberation..
Our personal stories connect to the narrative in the painting, the video or writing. It is a pivotal moment that becomes personal, distinctive. We may not gain a full understanding of the artist’s journey or thought process, but we come away knowing that we have engaged in a transformative experience. Creativity informs, inspires and celebrates our humanity.
Join me as I look back to the Dana Claxton exhibition held at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Brilliant, candid and captured the essence of a profound narrative.
Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube
October 27, 2018 – February 3, 2019
The first exhibition to survey the formidable career of Vancouver-based Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux) artist Dana Claxton. Known for her expansive multidisciplinary approach to art making, Vancouver Art Gallery