Three art historians offer perspectives and analyses on Monkman's work that address history and genre painting, the queered Romantic landscape, the shifting and unfixed subject, race, sexuality
, conquest and sovereignty, and modern versus discontinuous temporality
Kent Monkman (born 1965 in St. Marys, Ontario, lives and works in Toronto) is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film / video, performance, and installation. His work fascinates. He revisits North American historical events and western cultural representations, often under the guise of Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, his alter ego, the sexy and extravagant diva warrior. His aesthetics and drama have the effect of drawing out both what has been erased and concealed in the historical inscription of aboriginal
culture the repressed desire and troubled fascination that have paradoxically contributed to shaping it.