Love Conquers All
Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Love Conquers All
Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Love Conquers All
Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Fate is a Cruel Mistress

Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Delilah
Delilah

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Jezebel
Jezebel

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Judith
Judith

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Potiphar's Wife
Potiphar's Wife

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Salome
Salome

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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The Treaty of 1869
The Treaty of 1869

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 7.5"
Plate Size: 4" x 3"
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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Venus Penis
Venus Penis

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 8.25" x 5.5"
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper
Ed 100 + 5AP

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The Artist
The Artist

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 8.5" x 7" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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The Hunter
The Hunter

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 5.5" x 6.5" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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Bacchant Beaver
Bacchant Beaver

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 5" x 7" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching and Gold Leaf on Acid Free Paper

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Miss Chief Tipi Pillow
Miss Chief Tipi Pillow

2016
16" x 16" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 69 + 1AP

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Miss Chief Tipi Pillow
Miss Chief Tipi Pillow

2016
16" x 16"
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 69 + 1AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Red)
Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Red)

2016
Silicone Rubber
Edition of 10 + 1AP
4.5” x 10.5” 

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Black)
Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Black)

2016
Silicone Rubber
Edition of 10 + 1AP
4.5” x 10.5” 

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Bull in a China Shop
Bull in a China Shop

2015
19” x 19” x 9" 
Hand painted Earthenware
Edition of 10

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The Human Zoo
The Human Zoo

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 5:05 minutes

Edition of 5

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The Immoral Woman
The Immoral Woman

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 6:37 minutes
Edition of 5


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The Symposium
The Symposium

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 3:24 minutes
Edition of 5

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The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 4:23 minutes
Edition of 5

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Struggle for Balance
Struggle for Balance

2014
Paper size: 18" x 26" 
Etching size: 14" x 21"
Copper plate etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 25

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Certificate of Mischief Nation
Certificate of Mischief Nation

2013
8.5" x 11" & 2.75" x 6.5"
Archival Giclee Print on Parchment
Hand signed and numbered
Unlimited edition

Certificate of Mischief and Five Dollars Treaty Money.

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Modern Love
Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love
Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love
Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love
Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love
Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Apollo and Hyacinth
Apollo and Hyacinth

2012
22" x 16" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 15

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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Achilles and Patroclus
Achilles and Patroclus

2012
22" x 16" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 15

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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We Had An Agreement
We Had An Agreement

2011
15.75" x 10.5" 
Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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We Agreed to Share, Not Surrender
We Agreed to Share, Not Surrender

2011
18.5" x 10.5" 
Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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How Could You Break Your Promise
How Could You Break Your Promise

2011
15.75" x 10.5"

Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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The Academy
The Academy

2011
13.5" x 19.5"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 75

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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My Treaty is with the Crown
My Treaty is with the Crown

2011
12.5" x 20"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 75

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Montcalm's Haircut (ditych)
Montcalm's Haircut (ditych)

2011
5.75" x 7.75"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 35

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Wolfe's Haircut (ditych)
Wolfe's Haircut (ditych)

2011
5.75" x 7.75"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 35

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Queen-Size Body Bag (view of the front)
Queen-Size Body Bag (view of the front)

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

In September 2009, anticipating numerous H1N1 (Swine Flu) related deaths in Aboriginal communities, Health Canada delivered dozens of body bags to several First Nations communities. Aboriginal leaders were outraged and confused by Health Canada's response to First Nations communities who had requested resources to fight a second wave of the H1N1 outbreak. Instead of adequate preventative measures, like medicine, the disproportionate arrival of body bags sent a chilling message, with historical reverberations, to Aboriginal people across the continent.

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Queen-Size Body Bag
Queen-Size Body Bag

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

Aboriginal people are too familiar with the devastation of infectious diseases and the deliberate attempts to remove them from existence. In the 18th century, British soldiers in North America concocted the diabolical scheme to decimate Aboriginal people with blankets infected with smallpox as part of a war effort.

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Queen-Size Body Bag (view of inside)
Queen-Size Body Bag (view of inside)

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

George Catlin (1796–1872), in his observations of the Berdashe (Aboriginal male inhabiting the female role), wished for a selective extinction in Aboriginal America.

“This is one of the most unaccountable and disgusting customs that I ever met in Indian country... I should wish that it might be extinguished before it be more fully recorded.” 

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Queen-Size Body Bag
Queen-Size Body Bag

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

I drew inspiration from these contemporary and historical events to fashion a beautiful body bag, in the shape of a bison hide, from a queen-size red Hudson Bay blanket and a life-size image of myself as the Berdashe — Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. By making the body bag into an object of exquisite beauty, I give a transcendent and resilient response to a long history of violence directed toward First Nations. If Health Canada is shipping us Aboriginals body bags, then I want to design my own Queen-Size Body Bag! 

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The Emergence of a Legend (1/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (1/5)

2006
4.5" x 6.5" / 16" x 13.25" (framed) 
Series of five photographs (chromogenic prints on metallic paper)
Signed edition of 25 with 5 proofs
Collaboration with photographer Christopher Chapman & makeup artist Jackie Shawn

The studio portraits, shot, printed and framed to emulate antique daguerrotypes, feature my alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle in various performance guises. The photos trace the history of Aboriginal performance culture — more specifically “Indians” performing for a European audience.

Near left: Miss Chief as a performer in George Catlin’s Gallery that toured Europe in the 1850’s. Catlin’s Gallery was a precursor to the Wild West Shows.

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The Emergence of a Legend (2/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (2/5)

— see first portrait for description of work — 

(continued) Throughout my work in various mediums, the persona of Miss Chief challenges the authoritative version of history by playing the starring role in “period” photographs, silent era films and romantic paintings.

Left: Miss Chief as Vaudeville performer. After the popularity of the Wild West shows waned, many Aboriginal performers transitioned their performance careers onto the Vaudeville stage. This photo is styled closely after a photo of one vaudeville performer, Molly Spotted Elk, who also danced in all-female revues in Paris in the 1920’s.

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The Emergence of a Legend (3/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (3/5)

— see first portrait for description of work — 

(continued) Through this re-imaging of history, missing narratives are explored as Miss Chief subverts the authority of the often flamboyant artists who created images of Aboriginal people in the 19th century.

Left: Miss Chief as Cindy Silverscreen, a fictitious Hollywood silent film starlet in references to the transition of Aboriginal performers from the stage to the silver screen. Also references the fake names given to Aboriginal actors (Harold J. Smith became Jay Silverheels, most famous for his role as Tonto).

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The Emergence of a Legend (4/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (4/5)

— see first portrait for description of work — 

With a showmanship that rivals that of nineteenth century artists like George Catlin and Edward Curtis, Miss Chief challenges the subjectivity of their work by calling into question personal motivations, career ambitions and ego (“Eagle Testickle” plays on “egotistical”).

Left: Miss Chief as movie director poses with bullhorn and camera in front of a backdrop of Monument Valley. This references the Hollywood Western, specifically The Searchers, one of the most racist Westerns ever made.

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The Emergence of a Legend (5/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (5/5)

— see previous image for description of work — 

The title of the photo series references the construction of an artist’s own mythologies. In the 5 portraits I explore the emergence of Miss Chief as a performer by imagining her in different performative roles across time.

Left: Miss Chief as The Trapper’s Bride imagined as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, like a Cree Annie Oakley (also in reference to the Cree brides who married the French trappers — the mothers of the Metis Nation).

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Parlour Pillow
Parlour Pillow

2007
16" x 16" x 3" 
Printed fabric and pillow insert
Limited and monogrammed edition of 60

Features detail from The Impending Storm 

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Love Conquers All
Love Conquers All
Love Conquers All
Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Delilah
Jezebel
Judith
Potiphar's Wife
Salome
The Treaty of 1869
Venus Penis
The Artist
The Hunter
Bacchant Beaver
Miss Chief Tipi Pillow
Miss Chief Tipi Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow
Berdashe Body Pillow
Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary
Beaver Rosary
Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Red)
Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Black)
Bull in a China Shop
The Human Zoo
The Immoral Woman
The Symposium
The Transfiguration
Struggle for Balance
Certificate of Mischief Nation
Modern Love
Modern Love
Modern Love
Modern Love
Modern Love
Apollo and Hyacinth
Achilles and Patroclus
We Had An Agreement
We Agreed to Share, Not Surrender
How Could You Break Your Promise
The Academy
My Treaty is with the Crown
Montcalm's Haircut (ditych)
Wolfe's Haircut (ditych)
Queen-Size Body Bag (view of the front)
Queen-Size Body Bag
Queen-Size Body Bag (view of inside)
Queen-Size Body Bag
The Emergence of a Legend (1/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (2/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (3/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (4/5)
The Emergence of a Legend (5/5)
Parlour Pillow
Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Love Conquers All

2017
12.5" x 17" x 2"
Gold leaf on birch and archival giclée face mounted to acrylic

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Fate is a Cruel Mistress

Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Delilah

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Jezebel

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Judith

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Potiphar's Wife

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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Salome

From the series Fate is a Cruel Mistress
Kent Monkman in collaboration with Chris Chapman
2017
Archival Giclée print on Archival paper
11” x 14” Paper size
16” x 19” Framed
Edition of 25 with 5 APs 

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The Treaty of 1869

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 7.5"
Plate Size: 4" x 3"
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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Venus Penis

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 8.25" x 5.5"
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper
Ed 100 + 5AP

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The Artist

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 8.5" x 7" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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The Hunter

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 5.5" x 6.5" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching on Acid Free Paper

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Bacchant Beaver

2016
Paper Size: 11" x 15"
Plate Size: 5" x 7" 
Ed 100 + 5AP
Copper Plate Etching and Gold Leaf on Acid Free Paper

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Miss Chief Tipi Pillow

2016
16" x 16" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 69 + 1AP

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Miss Chief Tipi Pillow

2016
16" x 16"
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 69 + 1AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Berdashe Body Pillow

2016
19" x 54" 
Printed fabric and feather pillow
Limited and monogrammed
Edition of 10 + 1 AP

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Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Beaver Rosary

2016
26" x 1.5"
Rosary with pewter crucifix
Limited and engraved edition of 50 + 1AP

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Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Red)

2016
Silicone Rubber
Edition of 10 + 1AP
4.5” x 10.5” 

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Miss Chief's Praying Hands (Black)

2016
Silicone Rubber
Edition of 10 + 1AP
4.5” x 10.5” 

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Bull in a China Shop

2015
19” x 19” x 9" 
Hand painted Earthenware
Edition of 10

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The Human Zoo

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 5:05 minutes

Edition of 5

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The Immoral Woman

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 6:37 minutes
Edition of 5


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The Symposium

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 3:24 minutes
Edition of 5

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The Transfiguration

Video Painting
2015
Framed 46” HD monitor, file on SD card, Media player, Wall mount
Duration: 4:23 minutes
Edition of 5

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Struggle for Balance

2014
Paper size: 18" x 26" 
Etching size: 14" x 21"
Copper plate etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 25

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Certificate of Mischief Nation

2013
8.5" x 11" & 2.75" x 6.5"
Archival Giclee Print on Parchment
Hand signed and numbered
Unlimited edition

Certificate of Mischief and Five Dollars Treaty Money.

Visit the SHOP to purchase

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Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Modern Love

2012
19" x 22" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 25

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Apollo and Hyacinth

2012
22" x 16" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 15

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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Achilles and Patroclus

2012
22" x 16" 
Archival Giclee Print on canvas with hand painted Acrylic detail
Edition of 15

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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We Had An Agreement

2011
15.75" x 10.5" 
Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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We Agreed to Share, Not Surrender

2011
18.5" x 10.5" 
Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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How Could You Break Your Promise

2011
15.75" x 10.5"

Archival Giclee Print

Please contact Pierre-François Oullette Art Contemporaine for more info info@pfoac.com 

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The Academy

2011
13.5" x 19.5"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 75

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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My Treaty is with the Crown

2011
12.5" x 20"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 75

Please contact studio@kentmonkman.com for availability.

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Montcalm's Haircut (ditych)

2011
5.75" x 7.75"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 35

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Wolfe's Haircut (ditych)

2011
5.75" x 7.75"
Etching and aquatint on paper
Edition of 35

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Queen-Size Body Bag (view of the front)

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

In September 2009, anticipating numerous H1N1 (Swine Flu) related deaths in Aboriginal communities, Health Canada delivered dozens of body bags to several First Nations communities. Aboriginal leaders were outraged and confused by Health Canada's response to First Nations communities who had requested resources to fight a second wave of the H1N1 outbreak. Instead of adequate preventative measures, like medicine, the disproportionate arrival of body bags sent a chilling message, with historical reverberations, to Aboriginal people across the continent.

VIEW ALL

Queen-Size Body Bag

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

Aboriginal people are too familiar with the devastation of infectious diseases and the deliberate attempts to remove them from existence. In the 18th century, British soldiers in North America concocted the diabolical scheme to decimate Aboriginal people with blankets infected with smallpox as part of a war effort.

VIEW ALL

Queen-Size Body Bag (view of inside)

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

George Catlin (1796–1872), in his observations of the Berdashe (Aboriginal male inhabiting the female role), wished for a selective extinction in Aboriginal America.

“This is one of the most unaccountable and disgusting customs that I ever met in Indian country... I should wish that it might be extinguished before it be more fully recorded.” 

VIEW ALL

Queen-Size Body Bag

2010
110" x 74.5" 
printed fabric / Hudson Bay blanket / fringe / sequins

I drew inspiration from these contemporary and historical events to fashion a beautiful body bag, in the shape of a bison hide, from a queen-size red Hudson Bay blanket and a life-size image of myself as the Berdashe — Miss Chief Eagle Testickle. By making the body bag into an object of exquisite beauty, I give a transcendent and resilient response to a long history of violence directed toward First Nations. If Health Canada is shipping us Aboriginals body bags, then I want to design my own Queen-Size Body Bag! 

VIEW ALL

The Emergence of a Legend (1/5)

2006
4.5" x 6.5" / 16" x 13.25" (framed) 
Series of five photographs (chromogenic prints on metallic paper)
Signed edition of 25 with 5 proofs
Collaboration with photographer Christopher Chapman & makeup artist Jackie Shawn

The studio portraits, shot, printed and framed to emulate antique daguerrotypes, feature my alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle in various performance guises. The photos trace the history of Aboriginal performance culture — more specifically “Indians” performing for a European audience.

Near left: Miss Chief as a performer in George Catlin’s Gallery that toured Europe in the 1850’s. Catlin’s Gallery was a precursor to the Wild West Shows.

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The Emergence of a Legend (2/5)

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(continued) Throughout my work in various mediums, the persona of Miss Chief challenges the authoritative version of history by playing the starring role in “period” photographs, silent era films and romantic paintings.

Left: Miss Chief as Vaudeville performer. After the popularity of the Wild West shows waned, many Aboriginal performers transitioned their performance careers onto the Vaudeville stage. This photo is styled closely after a photo of one vaudeville performer, Molly Spotted Elk, who also danced in all-female revues in Paris in the 1920’s.

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The Emergence of a Legend (3/5)

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(continued) Through this re-imaging of history, missing narratives are explored as Miss Chief subverts the authority of the often flamboyant artists who created images of Aboriginal people in the 19th century.

Left: Miss Chief as Cindy Silverscreen, a fictitious Hollywood silent film starlet in references to the transition of Aboriginal performers from the stage to the silver screen. Also references the fake names given to Aboriginal actors (Harold J. Smith became Jay Silverheels, most famous for his role as Tonto).

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The Emergence of a Legend (4/5)

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With a showmanship that rivals that of nineteenth century artists like George Catlin and Edward Curtis, Miss Chief challenges the subjectivity of their work by calling into question personal motivations, career ambitions and ego (“Eagle Testickle” plays on “egotistical”).

Left: Miss Chief as movie director poses with bullhorn and camera in front of a backdrop of Monument Valley. This references the Hollywood Western, specifically The Searchers, one of the most racist Westerns ever made.

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The Emergence of a Legend (5/5)

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The title of the photo series references the construction of an artist’s own mythologies. In the 5 portraits I explore the emergence of Miss Chief as a performer by imagining her in different performative roles across time.

Left: Miss Chief as The Trapper’s Bride imagined as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, like a Cree Annie Oakley (also in reference to the Cree brides who married the French trappers — the mothers of the Metis Nation).

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Parlour Pillow

2007
16" x 16" x 3" 
Printed fabric and pillow insert
Limited and monogrammed edition of 60

Features detail from The Impending Storm 

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