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Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Photo: Todd Moe
Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Todd Moe

A Santa Fe artist with roots in Akwesasne

Alex Jacobs is a Native American visual and performing artist who has called Santa Fe home for almost 30 years. But he hasn't forgotten his roots in Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in northern Franklin County. Jacobs first travelled to the southwest as a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he graduated in 1977. In the 1980's, he supported his family as an ironworker and has also been an activist, broadcaster, musician, poet and art teacher.

Todd Moe met Jacobs while touring the farmers' market at the historic Santa Fe Railyard this summer. His fabric collage works of art resemble brightly colored paintings. It's his own technique - "painting" with fabrics - that combines elements from New Mexico with the quilt-making traditions of his Mohawk mother and grandmother. He still visits family in the North Country, but also enjoys the challenge of creating art in the southwest and navigating Santa Fe's busy arts community.  Go to full article

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