Associate Professor of Art
Maura Jasper received her BFA and MFA degrees from the Massachusetts College of Art, Studio for Interrelated Media. She is a visual artist and filmmaker whose work explores the intersections of history, pop culture, and mass media as influences that inform our individual and collective sense of self. Much of her work involves, or is inspired by, the lives of regular people. Works range from large-scale participatory projects (Punk Rock Aerobics, Weather You Remember) to studies of people and place inspired by existing historical documents (Wish You Were Here, The Gates, Without Words). Oftentimes her work functions as a bridge between art and non-art experiences, inviting participation and bringing people back into the process of cultural production. By taking on the trappings of mass media forms not normally considered art such as karaoke, aerobics instruction, or weather reports, these forms become vehicles for empowerment, ones that function as backdrops in which each individual’s stories, dreams, and expectations can unfold.
Maura has exhibited and screened her work at venues such as Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and Artist’s Space, both in New York; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, MA. She has recently been in residence at the Corporation of Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, the Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, and Elsewhere Collaborative in Greensboro, NC. She is a 1998 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Video, but she is probably best known for her work as a co-founder of Punk Rock Aerobics, the DIY workout, and her album art for Dinosaur Jr.
Visit Maura's website: http://www.maurajasper.com/index.html