My name is Jessika Fancy, a 38 year old queer artist, a magic maker, working class, white, chronically ill femme. I was born in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal Québec; the unceded territory of Kanien’keha:ka, Mohawk Nations. My immediate ancestry that I am aware of is Acadian, Polish, Ukrainian, and French Québécois.
I am currently living my dream of being my own boss. I am a full-time artist; who does not have access to wealth of any kind outside of the regular income I generate with my various projects. I think that it is an important piece of the puzzle, as too often people make it look so easy and glamorous to be your own boss without disclosing their access to financial/generational wealth.
Chronic illness, queerness and magic have both shaped my life in profound ways. From the early days of being a teenage riot grrrl baby-witch, involved in activism and anti racist work, to being hit with an impactful mystery illness, during my Saturn return. I continue to dive deep into my art, my magical practice, ancestry and consider myself to be an eternal student. I continue to dedicate my time and energy to social justice movements, through supporting and uplifting the voices of BIPOC especially queer, trans, non binary, two spirit folks in my community. Unlearning our harmful, white supremacist ways takes a life time of dedication and is a deeply necessary act. More than ever we have all the tools, information and capacity to be able to do this work. I’m grateful for all the teachers, ancestors, and community driven actions that I get to witness, participate in, and learn from.
One of my greatest joys in life is offering my gifts in all the ways they take shape to my community and loved ones far and wide. I dream of the mountains, the deserts and the oceans on the daily and hope to eventually build a queer centered art residency.