Bio and Artist Statement

Jamie Weaver received an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Weaver has taught both English composition and interdisciplinary arts courses at the university level. In 2014, she received a Fulbright Grant to teach in the University of Bucharest American Studies Department in Bucharest, Romania.

Weaver grew up in rural West Virginia and finds herself deeply inspired by the complex geography, history, and culture of Appalachia. Her artist books explore her Appalachian experiences by embracing, questioning, and sometimes subverting the traditional folk stories, beliefs, and practices in which her childhood was steeped. Although too often dismissed as cultural outliers, Appalachians enjoy a rich history of multicultural influences and an ardent interconnectedness with the land. As a child of Appalachia, Weaver sympathizes with the fierce independence and proud reticence of her ancestors, but also believes it is the duty of all societies to question their myths and motivations. She writes new stories and retells old ones, participates in folk rituals, and wanders her native landscape, seeking to legitimize her Appalachian experiences by forcing hard truths to the surface and offering them simply as relics of the human experience, as variations of the myths and motivations that are common to us all.