Artist-made paper by Jaz Graf. Materials: Abaca, Thai silk, wood, hair, pigment, 2023.

New works in progress! I’ve been hard at work during my fellowship at Dieu Donne. I feel incredibly lucky to have access to a high end papermaking facility and to be working alongside master papermakers and guest artists!

In this exploration, I continue to use the language/structure of the multi-tiered, elongated palm leaf manuscript. Here, I am experimenting with handmade paper veils, blowouts, embedding and pigmenting to enunciate a familial tale. I was able to make 16 leaves with iron oxide pigmented base sheets with limey-lizard green silk strip inclusions and burnt umber bleeds. The silk fabric belonged to my mother who meant to have it made into a dress, but it never materialized. In it’s new life, I hope, it will become fashionably wall-hung, outfitted with accessories and attitude!

It’s been so fun to work in new ways. Let’s see where this series will go next…

lace like water

Artist-made paper with Cyanotype by Jaz Graf

Lace Like Water I, 2019, Cyanotype on artist-made Thai mulberry paper, 55”x45”

UPDATE! This work has been acquired by the Yuko Nii Foundation and is part of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center’s Permanent Collection

I made this paper by boiling Thai mulberry fiber, pounding it with mallets, and drying it on a screen in a traditional eastern style. This blue-print documents my Mother’s handmade lace wedding dress.

This work and more are on display in the Wood & Paper exhibition at the WAH Center (Williamsburg Art & Historical Center) • 135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA

On view and open to the public through January 14, 2023.

14 Wood Artists: Christopher Fahey, Pauline Galiana, Glen Goodenough, Garry Grant, Kumi Hirose, Luke Kooper, Paul Kruger, Clarita Liepolt, Mauricio Morillas, Cheryl Prisco, Richard Prisco, Bernette Rudolph, Larry Scaturro, Atsuko Yuma

39 Paper Artists: James Acevedo, Ayako Bando, Liz Biddle, Doug Buebe, Linda Butti, Blake Conroy, Beatrice Coron, Jaya Duvvuri, Adam Fezza & Terri Chiao, Risa Glickman, Susan Grabel, Jaz Graf, Miho Hiranouchi, Heather Hoefs, Judith Eloise Hooper, Yoko Iwanaga, Kaloyan Ivanov, Silvia Japkin, Samantha Jensen, Emma Anne Johnson, Yuko K., Sun Young Kang, Natalia Kropf, Nathaniel Lewis, Drew Maillard, Cecilia Martinez, Erin Mathewson, Irmari Nacht, Kenichi Nakajima, Yasuko Okumura, Eloa Jane Pereira, Chris Perry, Jennifer Phoenix, Tina Psoinos, Bernette Rudolph, SUPRINA, Ellie Winberg, Deapina Zografos



bookwork by artist Jaz Graf

Title: Embankment/Embodiment

Medium: Jersey City Embankment soil, organic seed starting mix, ceramic, and wood

Year: 2022

Dimensions Variable: 84” x 12” x 10”

As we move about our city, it hovers above our street view, fenced off from the public. The human eye cannot see the Embankment in its entirety. Its presence speaks of earth and stone. It is a build up and an eroding of what was; suspended remnants of an industrial past. 

After seeing the aerial footage of the Embankment through Jersey City, I wanted to explore this vantage point in book form. Imagining the site as a possible connective thread of the greater East Coast Greenway, the bookwork can be read as an open passage, part of a larger whole. The ceramic pages are both fragile and stoic, written by the elements. Along this passage the earth settles in coordination with our movement. Our transits shape the story of our Embankment.

This artwork is part of a group exhibition to advocate for the preservation of the Embankment (an elevated, now-defunct rail trail). We hope that this site can become a publicly accessible green space as a part of the East Coast Greenway – connecting Maine to Florida.

bones to skin

The latest studio babies were born in spontaneity and joy! I found some bramble scraps on my way to making paper and I decided to experiment with them as armatures. As a papermaker, what is unique to the process is that beaten pulps have a short shelf life. There is a limited window of time I am able to use the natural fibers in their optimal state. Sometimes there is pressure to create art that can be archival, be suitable for exhibition, or to generate a piece that fits the high mark we set…

This time around, I was able to use my time for serious play, to investigate – free of production demands. It was a really great session. I am happy that I put these leftover pulps to good use. I learned about the materials and how I could apply it in other ways. I continue to weave with additional armatures. We’ll see how they turn out in the next few weeks!

Special Edition Books

Studies in Brotherly Love, 2021

While COVID-19 shut downs persisted and my access to facilities for printing and binding were limited, I turned my Aferro studio into a production space. This project manifested as a limited edition of 60 artist books made by hand and took several months to complete.

Studies in Brotherly Love is a collection of four poets responding to the art of Malcolm Corley, who at the age of three, was diagnosed with autism. In this special edition book, poets and disability activists Lateef McLeod and DJ Savarese, Jorrell Watkins and Claretta Holsey respond to Malcolm’s art.

On the front and back covers, I’ve translated Malcolm’s Self-Portrait and reproduced the image as a gold screen print on deep blue bookcloth. The image is printed nearly life-size. HIs portrait is split – One portion of his face in the light on the front cover, and the shadow side continues onto the back cover. When the reader opens/enters the book, it is a bit like peering within his mind… ( A side-note here is that I have actually never met Malcom or any of the other artists involved in-person. This project was a unique way to connect and collaborate with a diverse group of creatives during the pandemic.)

The interior book covers are screen printed with a version of Malcolm’s “leaves” drawing – gold ink on burgundy linen paper interiors. It is a 4 hole stab-binding with bright red nylon string.

The collaborative ekphrastic artist book can be purchased through Prompt Press. You may also access it by viewing at select public libraries. It is in the Special Collections of Princeton University Library and Newark Public Library in NJ among others. Do enjoy!

60 Hand bound books by Jaz Graf

root to rise

Jaz Graf at Aferro Studios, 2021. Photo by Laos Fois.

So much gratitude for

teachers that have planted seeds, provided encouragement, asked complex questions and shown interest

artists, weirdos, outliers, misfits, wallflowers, wild cards

communities that help with feeling seen and heard

studio space & studio practice

friends and neighbors that come to shows and stay connected

discovering the magic of one’s own hidden mysteries, of family histories, of things that don’t quite make sense and aren’t supposed to, in quiet songs of ancestors…

recognition from those in our fields 

funding for projects with small starts and immense futures 

the luxury of failure

other artists known and unknown, the influencers that invisibly held the hands of those that walk the path, the ones written about in sketchbooks, scribbled, jotted on random slips left on tables and in bags, notes near the bed and remnants that reside on bookshelves traveled over 14 countries, 6 homes, 4 lives, still emanating in the practice of how to see, how to unthink impossibilities, artists of the everyday, beloved studio mates, colleagues, the eternal tribe, e-art peeps, ones to read about, links to hunt, absinthe of the spirit of my heART

plants that speak

hands that spark 

joy that follows

enoughness and in-betweeness

In recent news! – – – – – – – – >

pale pink papermaking

My latest joy in the studio has been making paper with a new handmade sugeta mould. The mould consists of 2 parts – an interior flexible bamboo-splint mat, and an exterior framework which houses it. My main goal is creating consistent sheets – in color, texture and weight. I aim to make a good number of papers to be used for making books. I love their soft pink-colored character. Was it just coincidence that the paper body matched almost perfectly with a ceramic body from a previous bookwork?

clouds in a sheet of paper

As one of the simplest forms of human technology, it could be argued that paper has had the most impact on the proliferation and preservation of knowledge worldwide.

When I work with paper as a medium and/or as a support, some of the questions that provoke my research are:

How do paper and books operate within social, cultural and
symbolic forms of capital?

How do paper and books contribute to the construction of
national identity and civil society? 

This history of paper, its many forms, uses and methods of papermaking have varied remarkably across cultures and over time. As an artist of Thai, Swiss and American heritage, I consider Eastern and Western traditions in my papermaking practice. The translation of ancient traditions and the recreation of their values, are essential to their continuity. 

In recent weeks, I have been making sheets of paper with a combination of abaca and flax fibers. The abaca plant is part of the banana family, its fiber is harvested from the leaf stems. Abaca is native to Asia, but can grow in humid regions. The flax plant grows in cooler climes and it is the bast, or inner bark, of the plant that is harvested for papermaking.

Both of these fibers have been mechanically macerated, breaking it down into a pulp. The pulp is mixed with water, poured onto a screen, and pulled away as a sheet of paper when dried. The resulting sheets are strong, somewhat translucent, and they make a crisp sound when crinkled. 


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A “rondelle” made from unbeaten Thai Kozo fiber, held up to the window of cloudy skies.

Thanks to Laos Fois Photography for assistance in documenting the process.

Why We Do What We Do

Gallery Aferro Studio Residency

IMG_1791Having a studio space to see art works side by side, problem-solve, explore new techniques, meet with curators, and have conversations with the general public are all important aspects of my art practice. This week I am preparing for “Why We Do What We Do,” an exhibition which explores artistic motivations, curated by Adrienne E. Wheeler. The show is dedicated to the memory of Gladys Barker Grauer, social activist, artist, and beloved local legend.

Location: Box Gallery in Newark, NJ is part of Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark. The exhibit is on view from February 20 – June 27, 2020 and is presented in conjunction with Women in Media-Newark Film Festival.

Thanks to Laos Fois Photography for assistance in documenting the process.

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New Jersey Book Arts Symposium

Maureen Cummins, from AlieNation / SepaRation.




On November 8, 2019, the twenty-fifth annual New Jersey Book Arts Symposium will feature presentations by: Ioulia Akhmadeeva, a Russian-Mexican visual artist, teacher and researcher; Maureen Cummins, founder of the Inanna Press, a recipient of the 2009 Pollock-Krasner Award, and a book artist who has long been engaged with found printed matter; Patricia Dahlman, a Cincinnati-born artist, recipient of New Jersey Printmaking Fellowship from the Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper, and part of the Dana Women Artists Series; Helen Donis-Keller, Michael E. Moody Professor and Professor of Biology and Art at Olin College of Engineering currently researching the genomic structure and function of viruses of soil bacteria, one of the driving forces behind her artists’ books; Jaz Graf, an artist who works with paper and print, incorporating printmaking techniques, digital imaging and experimental bookbinding methods, as well as manipulating plant fibers, textiles and wire; Suzie Tuchman, a recent graduate of the Montclair State University MFA program, who works in sculpture, printmaking. papermaking and book arts; and Maria Veronica San Martin, a Chilean-born, New York-based artist working in printmaking, artist books, installations, sculpture, and performance art.

The lunchtime artists reading seminar, arranged by printmaker, artist and poet MaryAnn L. Miller (Cures for Hysteria), will include Kim Bridgford, the director of Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, and editor of Mezzo Cammin, an Online journal of formalist poetry women, and author of ten books of poetry; and Jo Yarrington, who creates site-specific exhibitions, and collaborative projects using varied combinations of materials.

During the continental breakfast, artists Shellie Jacobson and Catherine LeCleire will provide a workshop and a demo. Catherine will demo metal leafing, and Catherine LeCleire will lead a workshop in creating accordion books with integrated pockets out of a single sheet of paper. As always, all attendees are invited to attend. Materials will be provided.

Asha Ganpat will return as Artist-in-Residence; a small exhibition of works by symposium artists will be curated by NJBAS Curator, Amanda J. Thackray; Karen Guancione, NJBAS Artistic Director, will introduce the artists and serve as symposium moderator, Judith K. Brodsky will be the symposium Respondent; Anna Pinto, the NJBAS Scribe, will produce beautiful one-of-a-kind calligraphic nametags for all attendees. As usual, the day will conclude with a book artists’ jam, at which all attendees can share their work.

Onsite registration for What Books Do Better will begin at 8:00 a.m., workshops will run from 8:45-10:00. The program will run until 4:00, with an hour and a half for lunch. It will be held on the fourth floor of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J. Free parking is available, if you fill out this form.

To register in advance: NJ Book Arts Symposium

Hope to see you there!!!

Homage to the Ancients

A Place to Rest One’s Palms by Jaz Graf.

A Place to Rest One’s Palms, 2019

Cyanotype on handmade paper from Thai Kozo (mulberry), Mitsumata, Philippine Gampi, Soapnut natural dye, Handmade rope and covers from Thai Kozo

Dimensions variable (can be open or closed as a folded book) when open 88 in. x 42 in. x 1.5 in.

The sewn structure is based on the binding of ancient palm leaf manuscripts. Patterns of my ancestor’s hand woven silk textile depict a traditional lotus motif with architectural stupas. The visual vocabulary of symbols are spacial interpretations, conjugating the actual experience of the land.

All Things Inter-are

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are.

“Interbeing” is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix “inter” with the verb “to be”, we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud, we cannot have paper, so we can say that the cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are.

If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. In fact nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know that the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. And the logger’s father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

(images: handmade washi paper made of thai kozo, 3 and 4 color stone lithograph prints inspired by washi – made by Jaz Graf)

the book as sculpture

Signatures, Version II, porcelain, handmade paper, thread by Jaz Graf

In Signatures, Version II, no text is present, there are no discernible pictures. It is the pure form and gesture of the earthen material to be read, which echo signs of human touch, providing textural information, and having a memory of its own. Each signature has unique punctures along its spine, traces of its disembodiment. The viewers’ interaction with the book is challenged.

Porcelain exteriors, stitched with handmade washi paper made from Thai kozo in the traditional nagashizuki style. I studied this technique under the instruction of Timothy Barrett, a leader in the field.

mae naam = Mother Water

Jaz Graf

Mother Water, 2018

Laser-etched acrylic, cyanotype, porcelain

Dimensions variable (15 panels – each 14”x11”)

This work is from my recent exhibition, of origins and essence
@ The University of Notre Dame. The river featured is Thailand’s Chao Praya.

Art of the Book

Seager-GraySeager Gray Gallery presents The Art of the Book, 2018. This signature show for the gallery is in its 13th year and includes 42 works by 22 artists. The exhibition runs from May 2 to June 1, 2018. A full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and the artists include Robert Adams, Rhiannon Alpers, Tor Archer, Doug Beube, Renee Bott, Valérie Buess, Sara Burgess, Macy Chadwick, Brian Dettmer, Casey Gardner, Jaz Graf, Andrew Hayes, Charles Hobson, Rodger Jacobsen, Lisa Kokin, Linda Mueller, Emily Payne, Brian Singer, Dolph Smith, Tamar Stone, Barbara Wildenboer and Audrey Wilson.

More about the works on view and the artists here: 

Seager Gray Gallery,108 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941

warm orange glow

Exhibit @ the St. Joseph County Public Library. South Bend, IN

Northern Indiana may be covered in 2 feet of snow right now, but there are still warm cozy niches to escape to, like this one @the St. Joseph County Library! Check out the 3rd floor and have a look at my copperplate photogravures of Thailand! Most photogravures these days are made from polymer plates, but mine have painstakingly and lovingly been etched into copper plates using 7 baumes of ferric chloride! Long live tradition!

This series traces my passage through areas of Thailand exploring my ancestral roots. At this confluence of land, history and culture, the act of meditation and the practice of local customs were instrumental in the understanding of my own identity. These sites retain the residue of years gone by intermixed with their contemporary expressions, evidenced somewhere between a farmer’s burnt field and a media corner in a monk’s cave. I consider aspects of the landscape as offerings of my past, elaborating on my sense of place in it all.

Jaz Graf

Offerings, Thailand Series, 2015

Copperplate photogravure with etching and spit bite

Artist Proofs, each 11” x 14” 

On a Different Page

Lightwrite-JazGrafNovember 9 – December 14
Reception: Thursday, November 9,
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Thursday, November 30 at 5:30 p.m.

On a Different Page presents the artist’s personal relationship to the book as art form. Whether storytelling, tackling social issues, sculpting or deconstructing, each of the artists in this exhibition utilize the book to create individual works of art. Featuring artists Aileen Bassis, Kate Dodd, Asha Ganpat, Jaz Graf, Carole Kunstadt, Winifred McNeill, Ibou Ndoye, and David Sandlin. Curated by Eileen Ferara.

NJCU Visual Arts Gallery 
100 Culver Ave
Jersey City NJ
United States

bookwork in progress

The french phrase, “nous sommes simplement de passage” translates into “we are only here for a moment’s time.” This bookwork of grief is a personal confrontation of a silent event, recognizing that the process of healing is communal.

Every book is coded, a system of signs to be decoded by its reader. It is the ghost limb of an author, but more importantly, it becomes an extension of the reader’s body and experience. As a book splays open, the reader is in between a passage, a silent private voice expressed in a public space.

I’m exploring the idea of a book, its anatomical components, variable forms, associations, functions, and adaptable framework for visuals and language. Books live between 2-d surface and 3-d object, serving multiple purposes: utilitarian, decorative, or as psychological entities. A book experience can evoke intimacy and vastness at the same time. One page or one word even, can open up new worlds. I’m interested in reimagining the bookwork to explore the temporal space of a page, and to transform the impermanent moment into enduring reverberation.

-Jaz Graf

illumination of past & future

Exhibition runs through 7/19/17.  Reception 6/14/2017.
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Please join us for a free public reception on June 14, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture located at 1045 West Washington Street, South Bend, IN 46601.


This group exhibition focuses on the theme ‘Place’ and how the exhibiting artists react to their surroundings. This reaction can manifest in visual stories from tragic events, bring awareness to past and present situations, voice political moods, respond to how our surroundings are exponentially changing, or try to visually educate about environmental issues.

Featuring artists: Jasmine Graf, Heather Parrish, Justin Barfield, and Elena Smyrniotis – members of the Notre Dame Printmaking Department.

A public reception will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture.  Light refreshments will be served.   The exhibition will remain open to the public through July 19, 2017.

Exhibit @ AAHD Gallery

NEW FACES @ AAHD Gallery, University of Notre Dame

On view Dec 1, 2016 – Jan 16, 2017

Jaz Graf – Trophic Avulsions, 2016, Cyanotype accordion book with thread drawing, paper lithography and laser engraving on wood, Dimensions variable, closed: 6” x 8.5” x 1”

Jaz Graf – Here and After Series, 2016, Paper lithography on muslin with laser cut-outs, pins, 10.5” x 16.25” , 10.5” x 10.5” , 10.75” x 10.5”


all in blue


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A new book in progress! Cyanotype images featuring deltas of the world, with thread drawing throughout. I was thinking about the currency of transboundary rivers and all that collects at the delta. Aerial views of these land areas provide a vast expanse of what is perpetually in flux.



Mixed media drawing on paper by Jaz Graf

Articulations: Jaz Graf

Curated by Adrienne Wheeler

Sept 6, 2016 – July 31, 2017

Reception on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5-7pm as part of

Newark Open Doors Festival

Free and open to the public.

The exhibition was organized by Paul Robeson Galleries with funding provided by Chancellor Nancy Cantor’s Seed Grant Initiative.

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studio visits at VSC residency



I was awarded a Civil Society Institute Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center to participate as an artist-in-residence. I had my first studio visits here with Byron Kim, Jen Bervin and Miguel Luciano.

Open Studios, book-spread inspired walls, influenced by writers in-residence…


IMG_2686Visual Artists in residency, Vermont Studio Center May 2016 (Barbara White Studios)

10 Years of The Feminist Art Project

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Mixed Media drawing by Jaz Graf, 52″x52″

The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, announces a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s 10th Anniversary entitled TFAP@TEN.  Established at Rutgers University in 2006, The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) is an international collaborative initiative advancing the aesthetic and intellectual contributions of women in the visual arts. Boasting a searchable calendar of over 3,000 feminist art exhibitions, conferences, artist talks and lectures, publications and much more, TFAP has become a hub for educational resources and information on feminist art in the U.S. and internationally. TFAP has 55 regional coordinators throughout the world who facilitate networking and regional program development. The TFAP@CAA Day of Panels has become a highlight at the College Art Association (CAA) annual conferences. Visit to find out more about the calendar, events, regional groups, and educational resources.

TFAP@TEN features the works of 6 artists in the TFAP Regional New Jersey Chapter. Collectively these artists’ works intertwine visceral aspects of the natural world and the human condition, while having a strong focus on formal practice and narratives. Jaz Graf‘s drawings and So Yoon Lym‘s works on paper focus on patterns and textures inspired by animals, organic materials, and the human body. Found and used materials infiltrate the sculptural works of both Adrienne Wheeler and Babs ReingoldAnonda Bell‘s site-specific installations and Nancy Cohen‘s mixed media works encompass space with figurative and organic forms that are both eerie and comforting. To accompany the exhibition, CWAH will publish a comprehensive free online catalog with essay by Midori Yoshimoto, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University.

The exhibition will be on view from January 19 – April 8, 2016, in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University. On Thursday, March 3rd at the Douglass Librarythere will be an artists’ discussion moderated by Midori Yoshimoto starting at 5pm with a TFAP 10th Anniversary Celebration to follow at 6pm. The exhibition and event are free and open to public. Please RSVP for the event to: Further information about the exhibition, event, and parking can be found at

a clearing

From the Offerings Series (chair) 2015, Photogravure, Etching, Spitbite, 6.5"x4.5" by Jaz Graf
From the Offerings Series (chair) 2015, Photogravure, Etching, Spitbite, 6.5″x4.5″

a clearing
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Sept 15, 2015 – Oct 16, 2015

The exhibit includes experimental prints,
sculptural paper, artist books
and mixed media drawings.

Hostetter Gallery
The Pingry School
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 647-5555

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm


In Other Words

Print media exhibit by Jaz Graf
Print media by Jaz Graf

Nine solo exhibitions in drawing, painting, and print featuring
Terri Amig: Mercury and the Little Mysteries, Enrico Gomez: Paper Works, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern: Chamber Pieces, Eileen Ferara: Estuary, Jaz Graf: In Other Words, Carol Radsprecher: We’ve Escaped the Studio!, Eliot Markell: Imaginary Sculptures,
James Prez: Bird(s) on a Wire, and Max Velez: Faces.

@ Drawing Rooms
180 Grand St, Jersey City
On view 2/22 – 3/15/2015

a less controlled state of image making

String and Tape Silkscreen series by Jeff Kulak
String and Tape Silkscreen by Jeff Kulak

“The tension of the string against the tape led to unpredictable changes in the form of the drawing over the course of it’s lifespan. Initially when I returned home to find a drawing had lost some of it’s structure, drooping or tangled into itself, I felt a disappointment at the loss of the precision of the original alignment. At some point I recognized this feeling of disappointment as something compelling and inherent to this method of playing with point and line.” – Jeff Kulak’s exhibition “String and Tape” will be exhibited at Alberta Printmakers from January 7 – February 21, 2015.

Times at Sam Rit

My partner and I were lucky to be at Sam Rit artist residency during the rice harvest. We found piles of rice on the grounds of the local wat, in front of the school, along roadsides…they were all over town. Workers even pitched tents to watch over their rice. It was an interesting phenomenon to observe how the whole community was invested. Each morning, workers came to sift rice in front of the residency.

We noticed that in Sam Rit (and mostly everywhere we traveled in Thailand) life happens in front of the house, at street level. People sit on mats, to relax, to watch TV, to eat, to cook…it all seems to happen outside and right in front. So one afternoon, we decided to situate ourselves right on the street. We watched children walk home from school, families ride by on scooters, rainbow colored rice trucks and local life pass us by. We recorded these sounds and paired them with a time lapse video of the rice harvesters at work.


We enjoyed so many things at Sam Rit. Biking to Phi Mai was especially beautiful. On the way back, we found ourselves a bit lost. Someone soon stopped to give directions, without us even asking. We went though a small village with a very narrow main street and everyone was out on their stoop. It was in these few moments that we saw rural life unfiltered, everything happened in slow motion, peoples faces were illuminated, there was only this moment, this experience.

To wrap up our stay, we exchanged stories over a big family meal at our host’s home. We became a part of Sam Rit’s extended family. We could not have envisioned the profound effect that these experiences had on the way we approach our work and on us personally.

Jaz Graf & Laos Fois, 2014

Celebrating Print Week in NYC

0-Void, Etching and Paper Lithography
0-Void, Etching and Paper Lithography

A couple of my prints will be exhibited as part of Print Week at the Highline Loft Space, NYC. PaperView, a benefit for the Manhattan Graphics Center, takes place on Wed, Nov 5th, 2014 from 6-9pm. Each attendee will go home with a framed print of their choosing. It’s a great event. See you there!

Click here for more info.

Open Studio This Weekend :)


Jaz Graf Open Studio
prints, book arts, and drawings
Saturday and Sunday, Oct 18-19 from 12-5pm

Merseles Studios – 339 Newark Avenue @5th St, in the Monaco Lock Bldg
downtown Jersey City, NJ
#69 on the JCAST Map
(with 6 other art studios + resident artists exhibit)

My work will also be included in 2 group shows:

“Book Arts & Literary Wonders”,  featuring artists’ books, chapbooks, monographs, zines, books as arts, sculptural pieces with literary elements, and all things celebrating the written word as part of
the 24th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour, Sat+Sun 12-6pm.
247 10th Street, downtown JC ( btw Jersey + Erie St, next to Hamilton Inn)

Delenio, 357 7th Street @Brunswick St. – a community exhibition

All venues are a short walk from Grove St. PATH Station
Contact me for more info.

graffiti impulse

A couple fresh monotypes from the studio. These were super fun to make and their family is growing! On view at Merseles Studios in Jersey City for JC Fridays (Sept 5th) and for the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour, October 17, 18 and 19th, 2014.

New Print Edition – Part of MAPC Biennial Conference Portfolio Exhibit

Verge and Ladder, 2014, Etching, Edition of 30 by Jaz Graf
Verge and Ladder, 2014, Etching, Edition of 30, 13″x19″

This edition is part of an Exchange Portfolio to be exhibited at the Mid-America Print Council Conference – Print City Detroit 2014. It will be exhibited at several university galleries in the U.S. through 2015. More info to come.

Monitors’ INK

Traces of Absence (violet), 2014, Trace Monotype with stitching and faux feather plumes, Variable Edition, 12"x12"
Traces of Absence (violet), 2014, Trace Monotype with stitching and faux feather plumes, Variable Edition, 12″x12″

I made this print several months ago working with the concept of absence and ghosts. The feather plumes drift and sway with air currents. On View in the Main Gallery at Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC thru August.

the Work : UNDONE


the Work (detail), 2014, etching, 15"x11" - Edition of 28
the Work (detail), 2014, etching, 15″x11″ – Edition of 28

My print for the UNDONE Portfolio – A Collection of handmade prints by MGC Members.

On View in May @ the Manhattan Graphics Center, NYC.

what will you leave behind?

Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). “What Will You Leave Behind?” A project by Thai artist, Nino Sarabutra, features over 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls installed as gallery floor for guests to walk on. Tread lightly!