Maya Jackson is an image-based artist and photographer who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in 2019 and is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Video, and Imaging at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on challenging photography as documentation, “truthful” imagery, and introspection through self-portraiture as a form of meditation. While making primarily image-based art, her practice also includes poetry, sculptural installation, and video. An active participant in the local Richmond arts community, she has been a lead mentor and class instructor at Oakwood Arts since 2017, a nonprofit whose goal is to make art and careers in creative industries accessible to everyone. In addition to creating personal artwork, Jackson is an Adjunct Studio Instructor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and was previously Studio Manager and photographer at Dementi Studio, Richmond’s oldest photographic studio.