Hand Tooled (4 Ellen), 2020
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The self-portrait by Dana Claxton reveals the vibrant role that belongings play in identity formation and representation. Here, heirlooms and personal affects form—or de-form—the silhouette of Claxton’s body, literally composing her identities. Hand Tooled (4 Ellen) is both intimate and idiosyncratic, drawing from the artist’s personal collection of handbags made by Indigenous Mexican artisans. Claxton becomes a cultural carrier, embodying the knowledge contained within these storied objects.
Dana Claxton (b. 1959, Yorkton, Saskatchewan) is a critically acclaimed international exhibiting artist. She works in film, video, photography, single- and multi-channel video installation, and performance art, investigating Indigenous beauty, the body, the socio-political and the spiritual.
Her work has been shown globally in exhibitions and film festivals, and she has received numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2020), the Scotiabank Photography Award (2020), the VIVA Award, the Eiteljorg Fellowship, the Hnatyshyn Award, and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. In 2018, she had a solo survey exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her new body of work premiered at the inaugural edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto ON. Claxton is Head and a Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the University of British Columbia.
She is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations located in SW Saskatchewan and she resides in Vancouver, Canada.