Dana Claxton 2009
“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 is an interdisciplinary artist of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux ancestry and her family reserve is Wood Mountain. Claxton’s studio practice includes film and video, installation, performance and photography. Her work is held in public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Bank of Canada. Her work has been screened internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis. Her work has been screened at Sundance Festival and Microwave in Hong Kong.
Dana Claxton has taught at the Indigenous Media Arts Group and Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver and she was the 2003 Global Television Chair at the University of Regina in the School of Journalism where she taught Television and Radio broadcasting from the perspective of critical thinking and experimentation with sound and images. In 2003 Dana was awarded the prestigious VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation for her commitment to contemporary art in Vancouver, Canada As an active member in the arts community Dana Claxton has participated in panel discussions, juries, advisory committees, Aboriginal youth mentoring and curatorial projects. She is the founding Treasurer of the Indigenous Media Arts Group (1998-2005), as well, the founding Treasurer of the national organization the Independent Aboriginal Screen Producers Association.