Artist Spotlight: Dana Claxton (b. 1959)


Place: Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan; currently residing in Vancouver

About the artist: Dana Claxton is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in film, video, and photography. Her work mixes Lakota tradition with western influences to challenge perceived expectations of her heritage. Her practice addresses ideas of Indigenous beauty, appropriation and commodification, and investigates the ongoing impacts of colonialism in North America. Claxton is also an associate professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia.


Dana Claxton, Headdress (2016), photograph

About the artwork: Headdress is a response to the commodification of the classic Plains Indian Headdress. It considers Indigenous head gear, beadwork, and ways of being/seeing, and being seen. It suggests a reconsideration of the gaze on Indigenous bodies, and a reflection and celebration of the Bead. This piece is one of Art Bank’s most recent acquisitions.

Rent artwork by Dana Claxton for $1200 per year.

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