By Maggie Macintosh Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Blank school walls and human skin are common canvases for Metis artist Justine Proulx. When the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily closed her tattoo studio, the Winnipeg creative found herself searching for distractions to idle away time. Little did the tattooist know in 2020, after accepting an offer to paint a mural for her mother’s empty Indigenous studies classroom, she had stumbled into a new line of work. Proulx’s talents for mural design and execution quickly spread through word of mouth among school leaders and their communities. She has since completed 15 large paintings between College Miles Macdonell Collegiate, Ecole Provencher and other locations, and has a wait-list for her work. “It’s definitely been a little overwhelming, but in a good sense,” said the artist,
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