Instructor, Ceramics Program
Artist in Residence - Department of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
MFA, SUNY New Paltz, BA, Skidmore College
Geoff Booras grew up outside Boston where he spent most of his time playing sports, building forts in the woods, and learning to sail on a small lake. He was quite interested in making things and learning about the natural world. At Skidmore College, he pursued a degree in Geology and spent the rest of his time in the ceramics studio, receiving a minor degree in Studio Art. After college, Booras was honored with a year-long apprentice position under renown ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu in Quakertown, NJ. He lived in an unheated room above the kiln and studio space. This year would resonate as one of the most formative experiences of his life.
Following this, he worked as a carpenter for a few years around Boston. He traveled. He trained and climbed mountains (summited Denali and Mt. Rainer, 2008). And he bounced around the country, before joining the US Peace Corps. The Peace Corps sent him to live in a small village in the NW province of Zambia. He was called a Forestry and Agricultural Extension Officer, but worked mostly with farmers to be more efficient and sustainable in their practices.
In 2017, Booras was invited to be the latest artist-in-residence at the Disease Biophysics Group, under Professor Kit Parker at Harvard's Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at HarvardUniversity. This group is “an interdisciplinary team of biologists, physicists, engineers and material scientists actively researching the structure/function relationship in cardiac, neural, and vascularsmooth muscle tissue engineering.” Much of their work deals with nanotechnologies, combining biologic structures with microdevices and soft robotics.
Working within the DBG, Booras will formulate a body of work that speaks to scientific advancement, its impact and future implications. The ideas in his work explore human relationships to nature and non-nature through a look into the history and development of science, exploration, and representations of the landscape (now the nano-landscape!) He is ultimately interested in the overlapping functions/common denominators of art and science - our two most primary ways of observing and interpreting experience.