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 its 2017 premiere. Jackson is currently working on her next film, a non-traditional documentary about her family’s farmland.
Mediums: Film, photography, site-specific installations
Favorite Artist Tool: Any type of camera
Go-to Local Inspiration: Any body of water
Mentee Compliment: Abigail has a beautiful willingness to explore.
Fun Fact: I describe my style as being a combination of all five of the Spice Girls.
Serious Fact: I did not meet someone who had the same name and was the same age as me until I was 30 years old.
As an artist working largely in photography, video, and sculpture, my medium and materials are dictated by the story I am telling. I find pleasure and satisfaction in the “‘everyday” because of how one can relate to my imagery. I see beauty and symbolism in the movements and moments in between a thought or words as one is speaking. I find that the labor required to finish everyday tasks is meditative and calming, which is reflected in the slow pacing of the films. The in-between moments are what connect the significant events of our lives and are often overlooked. It is within these mundane everyday moments that my mind drifts between reflections of our lives that weave into historical narratives that are relevant to the present day. The capturing of everyday actions can connect cultures but at the same time highlight our differences. Like a woman hanging her laundry out to dry in the wind in my film and installation Hanging Out the Laundry, we see the intimate locale of the traditional linen closet, thus exposing the vulnerability associated with the dreamiest of domestic chores. My recent work focuses on artist as traveler, tending the landscape, the labor of care, and my personal relationship to swimming.