Figure 1 Publishing

Art + Design / Indigenous Art + Culture

Dana Claxton

Fringing the Cube

In collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

“Through a powerful mix-meld-mash approach to artmaking that weaves together tradition, history and contemporary culture, Claxton forcefully expresses Indigenous cultural values and spirituality while challenging the persistent legacy of colonialism and the stereotypical representations of Indigenous people that circulate in art, literature and pop culture.”

—Kathleen S. Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Book Description

Known for her expansive multidisciplinary approach to art making Vancouver-based Dana Claxton, who is Hunkpapa Lakota (Sioux), has investigated notions of Indigenous identity, beauty, gender and the body, as well as broader social and political issues through a practice which encompasses photography, film, video and performance. Rooted in contemporary art strategies, her practice critiques the representations of Indigenous people that circulate in art, literature and popular culture in general. In doing so, Claxton regularly combines Lakota traditions with “Western” influences, using a powerful and emotive “mix, meld and mash” approach to address the oppressive legacies of colonialism and to articulate Indigenous world views, histories and spirituality. This timely catalogue will be the first monograph to examine the full breadth and scope of Claxton’s practice. It will be extensively illustrated and will include essays by Claxton’s colleague Jaleh Mansoor, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia; Monika Kin Gagnon, Professor in the Communications Department at Concordia University, who has followed Claxton’s work for 25 years; Olivia Michiko Gagnon, a New York–based scholar and doctoral student in Performance Studies; and Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery.



  • Hardcover
  • 8.75 × 10.5 inches
  • 160 pages
  • 978-1-77327-050-0
  • $40 CAD / $35 USD
  • November 2018