Kit Thomas is wolf clan, a member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She resides in California but recently moved from Akwesasne Territory. The last few years she had returned home and to reconnect with her roots, family and her traditions and culture.
Her artistic process began as a child during frequent excursions to New York City, a contrast to the Adirondacks Mountains of upstate NY and Canada. Her art is characterized by vibrant colors, her American Indian roots, urban influences, contrasting shapes and bold composition. “It is almost as though gravity and all the rules of physics and perspective have been suspended in the world on the end of Kit’s brush”. [Online Etsy Interview]
She has shown her work in Plattsburgh, NY; Roanoke, Virginia and Charlotte, NC participating in solo and group exhibitions such as Culture Initiative’s 2010 “Cake + 2” & “Contrast”. “Sky Woman” at The Native North American Traveling College (Cornwall, Ontario) and currently “Wampum Visions”. She also participated in “Onkwehonwe Artists: People of the Land” at Pouring Light Studios in Malone, NY.
Kit has been featured online in Native Max Magazine and a book “Dreaming In Indian:Contemporary Native American Voices”. She has been nominated for a 2015 Akwesasne Business Excellence Award.
Art has opened up many opportunities for her to participate in other projects. She was a guest speaker at her alma mater, Massena Central High School, and she spoke at Akwesasne’s Safe Zone LGBT event “Day of Visibility”.
She is also an LGBTQ activist/advocate and exhibited in an a speech for an “anti-hate” rally in Plattsburgh, NY. Recently she starred in a documentary called “Open and Out” produced by The Akwesasne Wellness Program and Akwesasne TV.
Raquel Amaral Art Gallery ~ Anything Goes 9/2 – 9/30/17 ~