Jaye Kovach (she/her; they/them) is a queer, disabled, butch trans woman, and a multimedia and performance artist living as a white settler on Treaty 4 Terrirtory (Regina, Saskatchewan). She graduated from the University of Regina in 2013 with a BFA in Visual Art. Since then, their practice has expanded to include a growing tattoo business that, using trauma informed approaches, centers creating a safe space and comfortable tattooing experience for marginalized bodies. (To see more of Jaye's tattoo work, follow @ihaveasickness on instagram.)

Jaye’s work has received local and national recognition. In 2019, she was featured in the spotlight section of Canadian Art’s FEMME issue. In 2020, they attended the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency. Her performance work has been presented at Queer City Cinema/Performatorium, a queer media and performance art festival based in Regina, Saskatchewan, that attracts international artists and film makers. They perform as part of Homo Monstrous and Forced Femme, bands that blur the line between music and performance art. She is a current participant of Tender Container’s Peer Mentorship Platform, Do Trans People Dream of Nonbinary Sheep?.

Artist Statement

i position my identity as a queer, disabled, butch trans woman, and a big dyke, at the centre of my art practice. it is from this perspective that i engage in primary and secondary research —  drawing from historical texts, images, films, and other archival sources, conducting interviews with others, and constructing a personal archive of materials drawn from my own lived experiences. this source material leads to works in a wide range of media — drawings, printmaking, performance, handcrafted embroideries and other artist multiples, sound art and noise, new media, and tattoos, generally produced with a raw DIY aesthetic and ethos.

my hand and voice and body are present in the work. this is how i take up space. through esoteric symbols and spells poked into skin, or rendering transphobic statements overheard or received in sweet cursive handwriting, or stitching by hand onto floral fabrics, or screaming loud enough to puncture a sonic wall of feedback in visceral live performances.

my work is often uncomfortable but i don’t really care. i think i make dyke art — unlikable work that is challenging but also darkly humorous, that strives to be emotionally resonant and sharply insightful, with a deeply empathetic and ethical core.

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