Teahouse.Wharton, (from the bookwork, "Album")
8.25" x 11.6", digital print, ©2000

Fall, 2008


Janet Maher was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. At twenty-five years old, having been a high school art teacher, she relocated to New Mexico, where she received terminal degrees at the University of New Mexico and lived and worked as an artist until 1997. She returned east to teach full time at Loyola College in Maryland, where she is a tenured Associate Professor of Studio Arts.

Her works are in many public and private collections. Her artist's books and bookworks are in the library collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The Tate Gallery, London, England; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The University of New Mexico Museum, Albuquerque, NM; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and other collections. Her prints and drawings are owned by The Albuquerque Museum, NM; The Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM; The University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuqueruqe, NM; Appalachian State University, NC; College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD; and The New York Public Library, NY; among other collections. She has produced two permanent ceramic tile works as Percent for Art projects in Santa Fe, NM, and Los Alamos, NM.


Memento Mori #2:Joan, (text, Dylan Thomas), 10" x 14",
digital print w/mixed media, ©2002



Through a combination of works-on-paper methods which cross-sect collage, printmaking, artist books, mixed media, and digital imaging, I continually engage with material that has been filtered through my own direct experience. Like writers, who abstract from the literal moments they recall or overhear, transforming them into fiction, I consider both significant and insignificant details of my own history and attempt to contain and re-present them through art, trying not to slip into sentimentality.

My goal is to produce imagery that is intriguing on an artistic level, while it disguises and, hopefully, transcends its specific content. If the works seem personally relevant to someone else, having triggered another's surprise memory or attachment, I will feel that the cycle is complete.

-Janet Maher