While the monumentality of Lesaka Waken feels impossibly vast, anchored to both land and the highest of stratospheres, it also connects to the optics of relatively small. Is it intentional on Dixon’s part to invoke the transformative cycle of the Monarch Butterfly chrysalis, wherein the earthbound caterpillar transforms to achieve flight and migration?
In 1939, Dixon and his wife built a home in Mt. Carmel, Utah. Here they admired the natural landscape of the area until his death in 1946. This quintessentially Utahn scene portrays Native Americans as part of the natural landscape.