Inner Geographies
Jessica Maffia

Jessica Maffia is conducting a thorough psychological excavation, leaving no corners of the mind or body unturned. She is teasing apart her dense layers of selves in order to tell the litany of stories that her body holds, from which a sense of a single self is derived. Maffia conducted a photoshoot in which she embodied specific memories, emotions, and experiences. This manifested in a series of over 500 greatly varied poses. The most salient poses became small paper silhouettes, exhibited here at 266 W 37th St. The most resonant of these small silhouettes become large silhouettes, onto which Maffia draws, paints, prints and cuts elements from nature to express her own inner nature. These large silhouettes are a work in progress intended for future exhibition.

About the Artist
Jessica Maffia is a visual artist born and raised in New York City. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and is currently in the Flat Files of Pierogi Gallery in downtown Manhattan. Recently, Maffia created the artwork for musician Childish Gambino’s two latest singles “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer.” Her solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea featured her large photorealistic pencil drawings of urban cracks and residue producing unexpectedly beautiful surfaces. Maffia is the recipient of 8 artist residency fellowships and two grants from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation. Her work is featured on the covers of Fabio Gironi’s philosophy book Naturalizing Badiou: Mathematical Ontology and Structural Realism and poet Firas Sulaiman’s latest book As if My Name is a Mistaken Sign. Maffia’s installation Lanterns for Peace was exhibited in five sites throughout the US in response to the 2016 presidential elections. In March 2018, Maffia worked live on her latest series of self-portraits at Spring Break Art Show.

For more information, visit Jessica online at or follow her on Instagram. To schedule a visit with the artist to view the exhibit, please email her at

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