"I would like to start by thanking the keepers of this area the Anishnaabe, Haudenaunsonee, and Wendat for allowing us to remain here, Art can help us understand our deepest hopes and shadows and assist us in moving forward in a good way that includes caring for our environment and everyone in it equitably."
Monica Bodirsky is an artist, illustrator and published author who holds a bachelor's degree in design from OCAD University. A first generation Canadian, of mixed European (Germanic, Nordic and Slavic) and Romani ancestry she is also a witch who has connected with her deep ancestry to practice earth-based spirituality respectfully and in a non-appropriative way. She has been an exhibiting fine artist and illustrator for over thirty years with gallery shows throughout Canada and the US. Her work is haunting yet optimistic, and draws inspiration from dreams, visions and the environment. Her most recent endeavour was the self-published Lucky Lenormand Oracle deck, a well-received art deck now in it's second, limited edition.
As an activist, she is engaged in community work and has been president and director on several boards and advisory councils. As a tarot and oracle reader she shares her forty years of esoteric knowledge and Wise Women traditions in her Dark Moon Wise certification course and is the founder of the Dark Moon Coven and Witch City Arts, a collective dedicated to empowering women in the arts. She has been featured in the Toronto Star as well as Toronto Life Magazine. Both her art and writing appear in publications such as A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water, Writing the Roma, Cartomancer magazine, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Toronto, and various blogs and journals. In 2015 she was nominated for the BLG Faculty Award for Equity and currently sits on panels at OCADU assisting with the design decolonization process. She also offers an international annual earth-based spirituality and arts residency called Awakening, and currently works as sessional faculty at OCAD University. She resides in Toronto with her lifelong partner Allan.