Jess Richter is an artist, curator, and arts administrator based in Regina, Saskatchewan (Treaty 4 Territory). Her practice includes installation, site-specific work, printmaking, and drawing. She holds an MFA from the University of Regina.
Influenced by British, German, and Eastern-European folk ritual and tradition, she recontextualizes these practices within contemporary Saskatchewan to explore disconnect experienced by settlers as a result of imperialism and colonialism. Rejecting traditional narratives around Canada’s process of creating cultural identity, she uses empathy and personal mythology to investigate disconnect between ritual and place experienced by immigrants from Europe to Saskatchewan. Her work is strongly influenced by her agrarian upbringing, and traditional folklore around farming practices in Europe.