The Artist: Makerjake
Jake has been making work under the name MakerJake since early 2015. Originally the name was a mask to hide his social media from his students, he's a visual art educator, but it has since developed into an artistic identity. Since the evolution of MakerJake he has begun an extremely successful Instagram campaign, taken part in many group exhibitions, had a solo show, sold artwork worldwide, and curated/organized a national call for entry.
Jake was born on the outskirts of a widely respected and involved Native American family from Massachusetts. He feels that he is forever occupying the cultural space between his Native Heritage and his traditional American upbringing. His work is primarily a study of visual culture, a representation of himself in that emotionally complicated space. His paintings depict colorful and powerful portraits that are dismantled and pieced together creating artworks that combine cultural pattern work with contemporary design. It’s hard to say whether his process brings him closer to his Native Heritage or merely cements him in this place of emotional and visual limbo.