"Maybe somehow ... I can ... say to the viewer, 'Look, as Native people we are just voyeurs in the history of this country.' [In "Kanata"] the Indian is in parentheses, the Indian is surrounded by this gigantic red and this gigantic blue and is sandwiched in that environment ... And that is reality because the English and the French are still the major players in the making of this history, history as it was. That is what I would like to get across." - Robert Houle, 1993 In "Kanata", Robert Houle appropriates Benjamin West's history painting "The Death of General Wolfe" (1770), which can be viewed in Gallery C208 of the European and American Galleries.
Materialsacrylic and conté crayon on canvas
228.7 x 732 cm overall; panels: 228.7 x 183 cm each