MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2015
Artist StatementMy current work focuses on the social aspects of ecology and environmentalism through investigation of identity from a queer vantage point through an interdisciplinary, research based practice. Queerness is amorphous, ambiguous and able to change and react/adapt to environments as context. Queering allows the complex to remain complex and operates on pluralities, where I (and others) am/are this and also this, as well as this. Queerness is as much about addition as exception, and as much about desire as the limits of identity.
Jaimes Mayhew is an artist, organizer and educator, and received an MFA from UMBC in Baltimore in 2010. His artwork is often collaborative, interdisciplinary, and based in conceptual research of social and cultural phenomena. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally, including Eyebeam (NYC), Goucher College (Baltimore), and Hoffmannsgallerí (Reykjavík, Iceland). He is the recipient of several awards including a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award (2015), a Fulbright Fellowship in Iceland (2011-12), and a Provisions Library Research Fellowship (2014), among others. He is the Co-Director of Life After Boring Studios, a Baltimore based artist residency.