Jeanette May (b. 1963) uses a critical, sometimes playful, approach to investigate representation itself, with early training as a painter  evident in her carefully arranged compositions and rich color palette. She holds an MFA in Photography from CalArts and a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The artist has received a number of awards and grants, including from the NEA and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts among others.

Jeanette May lives and works in Brooklyn.


2015 – 2018

The Tech Vanitas series is inspired  by the Dutch vanitas paintings of the 17th Century—the Dutch Golden Age of still life. Tech Vanitas embraces luxury, honors design, and acknowledges the fleeting nature of earthly pleasures. These contemporary vanitas utilize digital photography to capture precarious arrangements of domestic technological ephemera: a coffee percolator and film camera teeter atop a shiny boombox that spews magnetic tape across the keys of an Underwood typewriter. May’s images of anachronistic technologies confront still life’s traditional tension between temptation and rejection of worldly goods.


24" x 16" OR 36" x 24"


Archival Pigment Print on Canson Platine Fibre Rag