Jake Kimble’s practice combines both humour and pathos in vulnerable, self-reflective images that often feature the artist himself engaged in acts of self-repair. Grow Up #1 is an image of the artist, aged six or seven, taken by his mother and overlaid with text that reads “I was told peace was mine to keep” – the statement of a promise unfulfilled or a burden to bear. The phrase implies both that peace was his, and its opposite – that he was to be the peacekeeper. The work reflects the artist’s personal experience of growing up in a chaotic household in which, from a young age, he felt the burden of adult responsibility. The photo features Kimble wearing a cowboy hat, on his way to the Calgary stampede, complicating his identity as a Chipewyan (Dëne Sųłıné) child from Treaty 8 territory in the Northwest Territories. In this work, Kimble subverts traditional dichotomies between “cowboys and Indians” and “parent and child” by playing both roles simultaneously.
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