Michele Jaquis is a socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator based in Los Angeles, CA. Her experimental and documentary videos, multichannel projections for theater, photographic and digitally manipulated imagery, facilitated workshops and interactions, installations, sculptural objects, and performances have been exhibited in alternative spaces, galleries and museums and film/video festivals across the US and in Australia, Canada, Ireland, England. and New Zealand. Jaquis is currently Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Artist, Community Teaching Program at Otis College of Art and Design where she oversees all undergraduate minors while engaging students in collaborating with each other and various community partners.
I strive to make work that is a balance between an effort to engage the audience, both physically and emotionally, and a practice of reflecting upon my observations and experiences. My work examines the complexities within personal and social relationships, identity, language and communication. Combining strategies of the expanded field of sculpture (installation, video, performance art), documentary and social practice, this work manifests itself through experimental and documentary videos, multichannel projections for theater, video in public spaces, photographic and digitally manipulated imagery, facilitated workshops and interactions, installations, sculptural objects, performances, text and artist books/archives.