“Residual Ink Drawings” plays with reclaimed materials from the inkjet printing process to point out the most basic premises of photography, that it is a reproduction of something outside itself. I begin my process by collecting empty ink cartridges from various inkjet printers and then pour unused ink directly onto photo rag paper, allowing the materials to take the lead in the forms they create. These unique drawings are then digitally reproduced (scanned and printed via an inkjet printer) and displayed side by side. The inkjet print reproduction of the abstract original becomes a representation of the ink itself.

PRINT INFORMATION: Ink on Hahnemühle Paper | Various Sized prints assembled onto Board | Edition: 1/1


Examining our relationship and expectations of the photography are at the core of my practice and aim to extend and test the traditional parameters of the medium. As a media artist, I playfully construct conceptual visual imagery using photographic materials and processes. My work often takes on a reductive form as I explore the gap between abstract and representational depiction. Working within predetermined systems I embrace elements of chance and disorder, allowing my materials and process to speak for themselves.


Born in New York, Rita Maas received her BFA in Photographic Studies from the School of Visual Arts. Shortly thereafter she established a successful commercial studio in New York, NY shooting award winning campaigns for major advertising and editorial clients. She later earned her MFA in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design. Maas 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 is held in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Griffin Museum of Photography among others. Maas currently lives and works in Westchester, NY.

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