About

Sonny Assu (Ligwilda’xw of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations) has been recognized for his mashups of Indigenous iconography and popular culture. He addresses the ways in which traditions of the past have come to inform contemporary ideas and identities, particularly as related to the effects of colonization, and the loss of language and cultural resources in Indigenous culture. Through a variety of mediums, including museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, and painting, Assu’s work maintains a profound connection to past traditions. His practice emphasizes the complex conversation relating to the intersections and boundaries of traditional Indigenous art within the larger realm of contemporary art practices.

Selected Works

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Sonny Assu

The City on the Edge of Forever

2020

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Totems, Tanoo, 1912)

  • Image size: 31” x 22”
  • Edition of 5
Sonny Assu

The Ancestral Away-team Has Arrived to Make the Necessary Repairs

2020

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (The Lone Watcher, Campbell River, 1909)

  • Image size: 32” x 22”
  • Edition of 5
Sonny Assu

Pay No Attention to that [Band Council] Behind the Curtain!

2020

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Indian House Interior with Totems, 1912-13)

  • Image size: 22” x 32”
  • Edition of 5
Sonny Assu

Galaga: Power-up!

2020

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (War Canoes, Alert Bay, 1908)

  • Image size: 22” x 29 1/2”
  • Edition of 5
Sonny Assu

The Value of Comic Sans

2016

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting

  • Image size: 33" x 22"
    Frame size: 40" x 30"
  • Edition 3/5
Sonny Assu

The Away Team Beams Down to What Appears to Be an Uninhabitable Planet

2016

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Vanquished, 1930)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
  • Edition 4/5
Sonny Assu

PRESERVER ONE: Well, looks like we got them all. See, don't you feel GREAT knowing that these people will never experience the effects of colonization?
PRESERVER TWO: O_o

2016, printed in 2019

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Tanoo, 1913)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
Sonny Assu

Making a b-line to HaidaBucks, Salmonberry Frap #ftw #starbucksFAIL #lol

2016, printed in 2019

Digital intervention on an Emily Carr painting (Yan, Q.C.I., 1912)
Archival pigment print

  • Image size: 22" x 33"
    Frame size: 30" x 40"
  • Edition 3/5
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #8, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

Torment: Issue #1, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Spider Man comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22" x 14"
Sonny Assu

The Spectacular Treasury Edition #1, 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on Stonehenge paper

  • 30" x 20"
Sonny Assu

"Special Edition", 2019

2019

Acrylic ink, Marvel comic book pages on stonehenge paper

  • Paper Size: 22 1/4" x 15"

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