Dana Claxton – Fringing the Cube

“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.”

Dana Claxton (2007)

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

Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube from Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother on Vimeo.

12 Comments

    1. Clanmother

      This was an exciting exhibition. I was reminded that we need to tell, write, share our stories so that others can look into a time that will never occur again. I think of the people who wrote diaries: Anne Frank, Lewis Carroll, Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf, Anais Nin to name a few. History would be the lesser without storytelling. Dates, events do not have meaning unless there is a narrative behind them. So glad that you joined me at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

      1. Liz

        So true – it takes me back to our recent exchanges about Van Gogh – how much richer our understanding is of his story through his letters. X

    1. Clanmother

      I knew that you would enjoy this artist. In the past, I thought I was too busy to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery. Life seemed to get in the way. So if I made it once a year, that was amazing. Now, I make a “pilgrimage” whenever I happened to go downtown. It is so easy to get lost in an Art Gallery.

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