Solo Exhibition by Kim Paquet

ÉJM Gallery space, August 24 – October 9 2020

This is the scary truth about trauma: There is no such a thing as ‘’getting over it.’’ The reality is much bigger: a major life disruption leaves a new norm in its wake. But it is not a negative thing. The goal of a recovery is also being aware of our strength and being opened to change. To preserve or present thing as normal, healing from trauma is not a papering-over. It is to acknowledge and wear your new life with a total new understanding.

Born and raised on the South Shore of Quebec City, Kim Paquet graduated in 2017 from the École de joaillerie de Montréal, in partnership with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal’s Fine Craft program. In 2018, she began a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing at NSCAD University, in Halifax. During her studies, she received the prestigious Starfish Award, which is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. She recently received a scholarship from Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, where she has been awarded a residency beginning in the fall of 2020. Kim has presented her work in Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver, as well as in Italy, Portugal and France.
While working in the field of jewellery, she has been involved with troubled youth as an outreach worker for the Department of Youth Protection and with communities experiencing homelessness and addiction. Through her creations, she delves into the complex memories associated with those years as a social worker. She loves to use industrial and raw materials in an intuitive yet refined way, creating compelling jewellery. With a strong emphasis on process and intuition, Kim’s work strikes a balance between the unexpected results of her various experiments and her obsession with technical details. Her work reflects the human capacity for empathy, acceptance and resilience, while at the same time providing a glimmer of hope.