Jaye Kovach (she/her; they/them) is a queer, disabled, butch trans woman, and a multimedia and performance artist living in 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.)

In 2019, Jaye was featured in the spotlight section of Canadian Art’s FEMME issue. 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 also perform as part of Homo Monstrous and Forced Femme, bands that blur the line between music and performance art. 

Artist Statement 

Jaye Kovach’s practice is typified by a critical engagement that combines 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 her own lived experiences as a queer trans woman in a relatively small, relatively conservative Saskatchewan city. This source material is the catalyst for works in a wide range of media – drawing, 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. Importantly, the hand (and voice, and body) of the artist is present in their work: esoteric symbols and spells are poked into the skin, transphobic statements she overheard or received are rendered in sweet cursive handwriting, or stitched by hand onto floral fabrics, or screamed loud enough to puncture a sonic wall of feedback in visceral live performances. Kovach’s work is sometimes discomforting and sometimes darkly humorous (often simultaneously both), but is always emotionally resonant and sharply insightful, with a deeply empathetic and ethical core.

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