Jaz Graf’s work is an exploration of different ways of knowing - specifically through visual or symbolic representation, and through experiential knowledge of sensing physicality and materiality. She investigates the instability where representations of the actual and the virtual collide and synthesize.
Jaz’s interests in watersheds deepened after learning about her familial traditions of cremation and the scattering of ashes in rivers. She considers sediment as embodying our ancestral past. She uses clay in its various forms, confronting the fact that it is both of body and of earth, and questions how it is often thought of as separate or independent from one another. In her work, the river delta is a site of collection, a place where ancestral histories become deposited.
In her recent series, she juxtaposes synthetic and raw materials, the virtual gaze with organic imprints, and satellite imagery with dust. The tension between these modalities emphasizes the relational friction between nature and culture.
Jaz exhibits locally and internationally, has been featured in AM New York News, The Jersey Journal and on NJ's Public Broadcast Channel - NJTV. She is former Vice President of Manhattan Graphics Center, a fine art print shop in New York City, and Board Member of ProArts Hudson County. Jaz holds a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art Printmaking from the University of Notre Dame.