Michele Jaquis is a socially engaged, interdisciplinary artist, educator and academic administrator whose work examines the complexities within personal relationships, identity, language and communication. 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, New Zealand and the UK. 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 viewer, both physically and emotionally, and a practice of reflecting upon my observations and experiences. Currently I am interested in the ways in which people relate to each other, how we communicate, and the conflicts that could be mitigated if not for our miscommunications, assumptions and misunderstandings. Over the years my work has taken many forms including 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.