My name is Jessie Jakumeit. When I make art I feel free. Making art propels me to not follow the path of habit but instead be open and waiting for the beautiful accidents. I was born in Vancouver, BC and am member of the Lax Kw'alaams band with German, Icelandic, Tsimshian and Gitxsan ancestry. Currently, I live in Toronto, ON. I studied Visual Arts at the University of Victoria, where I was a member of Table Talk Arts Collective. In 2013 I participated in Labspace Studio's Nomadic Noise Residency in Toronto. I was a second place finalist in the 2013-2014 Aboriginal Arts and Stories competition. Recently, I won an International Residency Grant through the Canada Arts Council to complete a self-directed residency in New Mexico. In July 2015 I led a week-long workshop exploring light, shadows and drawing at Art City in Winnipeg, MB. In August 2015 I attended a residency at Elsewhere Studios in Paonia, CO. In September 2015 I am attending a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico. In 2016 I will be leading art workshops in Toronto District School Board School's through the Ontario Art's Council's Aboriginal Artists in School's program. My work explores flux and transformation. I am fascinated by liminal states: the raven halfway to becoming human, the lunar eclipse, the girl almost a woman, the long journey to a new place. The threshold between past and future presents a potent opportunity for growth.
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