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Maeve Jackson is a Milwaukee based artist with a nomadic sensibility. As she travels her making space shifts based where she resides. Jackson is resistant to being limited to any single medium though she prefers working with the platforms of video, photography, and site specific installations. Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions in Milwaukee, as well as Brooklyn, NY; Greensboro College, NC; Chicago,IL, Barcelona, Spain, and southern Austria. She has been featured in exhibitions at John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI); and locally at (the once) Dean Jensen Gallery, VAR Gallery, and Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel; with solo exhibitions at The Alice Wilds and Lawrence University's Wriston Art Galleries. She has attended the artist-in-residence programs: Hotel Pupik (2016 & 2019), in southern Austria; and Cow House Studios Open Residency Program (2019) in Wexford, Ireland. Her film, "the beautiful", screened across the USA after it's 2017 premiere. Jackson is currently working on her next film, a non-traditional documentary about her family's farmland. 

Currently, Maeve is working as a freelance videographer & photographer & prop stylist. She has worked with numerous groups such as: Temporary Resurfacing, Doc My Art, Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Mary L. Nohl Fund, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Tyllie Barbosa Productions.

"As an artist working largely in photography, video, and sculpture, my process as soon as I begin to watch what is happening around me. Observing how people’s eyes change when you ask them a question, the moments people pause when something catches their attention, and the ease in movement of people’s repetitious actions. These are the things that draw me in to an image because they are the moments in between. The capturing of everyday actions can connect cultures together, but at the same time highlight our differences. Like, a woman hanging her laundry out to dry in the wind. A chore often overlooked, but I considered to be the dreamiest of domestic chores that we all have experienced. My recent work focuses on artist as traveler, tending the landscape, the labor of care, and my personal relationship to swimming.

The photographic portraits series, When The Bee Leaves The Hive, reveal individuals who take care of the land in subtle, gentle ways. I intentionally used a variety of cameras, both film and digital, to force myself to capture within the moment and not overthink. When I am familiar with the camera I focus on its mechanics and lose the spontaneity of the image. I change between cameras in order to throw myself off kilter and undermined my own craftsmanship to force myself to trust my intuition.

The different levels of perspective in the landscapes are what string together a narrative – whether that is looking up, down, or through your eyes are following how I see all the images working together. I am looking for moments and movement to document, and through that I find these moments where the landscape distorts our view or even its own self.

Each image shows the genuine relationship between subject and photographer through the subject’s gaze and ease. When capturing people I often ask my subjects questions to begin a conversation in hope to finding those moments of hand gestures and mid-sentence expressions. To me these type of moments depict the in-between movements that reveal who the person is beyond the traditional pose.

The meaning of an image is never fixed. It changes as history changes. It changes based on who the viewer is and their individual personal experiences. Our connection to images of the past reveals the intergenerational connection that will continue into the future. In hopes that we examine our past to shed light on the future―to travel with time. These are all broad concepts, but the broadness allows me to swim in my thoughts for however long I need to."