Jen Mawson

MFA ’20 Photography

This Low Mound of Earth speaks of us, sometimes mournfully and other times with a hint of hope. Instead of depicting an otherworldly scene the camera is pointed towards familiar objects and situations, not exclusively American but common to most Americans. Even though there are no people present, their presence is felt in the discarded books, trimmed paper and stacked garbage. These photographs show instances of waste, fragmentation and quiet absurdity in a culture mired in excess and rapidly approaching its limits both environmentally and societally. In this world discarded technologies turn into impromptu monuments while someone patches up a broken window hoping rain won’t dissolve the cardboard used.

Jen Mawson ( b. 1994 Bamberg, Germany) is a photographer based out of Boston, Massachusetts. She received her MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA from the University of Missouri in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Photography, Religious Studies and English. She surveys the endotic in order to further question our “truths” and foundations, looking for a deeper understanding of, not an answer to, the world around her.