Rita Maas is a visual artist whose work, grounded in photography blends the disciplines of drawing and printmaking to playfully construct conceptual based imagery. Working within predetermined systems she embraces elements of chance and disorder. How we read, filter and retain information are persistent themes of her practice, examining the spaces where slippage and illegibility occur.


Her work for the past eight years plays with reclaimed ink from empty ink cartridges from inkjet printers. Inspired by the early modernist artists who experimented in the darkroom making photograms and chemograms, she examines the materials of the digital darkroom. Many of the used ink cartridges are gifted to her by fellow artists, bringing a communal aspect to the work.  



BIO


Born in New York, Maas received her BFA in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts. She later earned her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. 


Rita Maas is the 2022 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA that coincided with a solo exhibition at the Eleanor D Wilson Museum.

She has acted as Visiting Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and served as Visiting Artist and Adjunct Professor at College of Staten Island, CUNY.


Her work has been widely exhibited and has won several awards.

In 2021 Yasmeen Siddiqui selected works from “Salutations” to be included in “Cladogram” at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY.

 Her series "Today I Got Up" was named a Finalist in The Print Center's 95th Annual by David Campany and Larissa Goldston in 2020 and was included in the exhibit “Fit to Print” at The Print Center curated by Dr. Ksenia Nouril and Lisa Blas. 

In 2019 Her work was exhibited in "Imprints & Abstractions" at Filter Photo, Chicago IL, as well as in the annual FRESH exhibition at KlompChing Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. 

 In 2017, she was awarded an Honorable Mention from the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award and was named “One of the Ten Most Exciting Photographers I Learned about Last Year” by curator Dr. Rebecca Senf.

 

Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Creative Center of Photography in Tucson AZ, The Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA and Archive 92.


Maas currently lives and works in the Lower Hudson Valley, NY.