Jillian Vaccaro

MFA ’21 Fine Arts Low-Residency

My art is an exploration of my long-term memory, with a focus on familial relationships. Each work functions as an emotional response to my past, fabricated to depict the fragility and loss that permeates the act of recollecting. Before I begin a new work, I situate my mind in a previous time. I bring myself to this place through writing, reminiscing with loved ones, navigating through souvenirs and familial archives, and revisiting significant environments from childhood and my adult life. When I arrive in the past mentally, I respond with my materials intuitively.

The use of personal souvenirs is integral to my practice. These function as objects of remembrance and assist my recollections. I share intimate parts of my personal history, so that others may feel connected through a similar sense of vulnerability, appreciation, loss, and reflection in their own life.

Jillian Vaccaro is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. She received her BFA from Emmanuel College in 2014 and graduated from the low-residency MFA program at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2021. Jillian works across media, describing memories of her past experiences. She is also a dedicated art educator, teaching art to middle school and high school students in Boston.