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Jessica Loft

I am a multidisciplinary Indigenous Mohawk artist, and I am presently working on a collection of acrylic paintings during the pandemic.  I am also the founder of Behind The Actors Mask & Sacred Roots Productions, Jessica produced, adapted and performed in the role of SISTER of Pig Girl originally written by Governor General Award Winning playwright Colleen Murphy.  The mainly all indigenous cast adding elements of indigenous culture through original native songs,  ceremony, Mohawk language and costuming she created to raise awareness about human sex trafficking and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).  I produced digital copyrighted works entitled "Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Lily of the Mohawks" (SKTLM) and "Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Winter Journey." The works were completed to create an ethnologically appropriate image for Saint Kateri Tekakwitha who died in the 1600's by using a Mohawk model as the subject.  Both of the digital portraitures are used in the creation of a handmade line of Catholic souvenirs, handmade jewelry & chaplets and are sold at artisan and other events that I designed and made myself.  During the pandemic I started painting acrylics again it's been a long time coming because I stopped drawing and painting when I was a child.  The pandemic has given me the opportunity to honour that part of myself again. The Creator blessed me with the gift of vision, and for that I am ever so grateful.