Meet – Mari Jaye Blanchard

Mari Jaye is an independent animator hailing from New England and currently living further north than she knew New York could go. After receiving her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania, she jumped ship and traded her brushes for a drawing tablet and, now, a VR headset. Along with several of her own shorts which have screened internationally including festivals in Annecy, Melbourne and Berlin, she has produced animations for Sesame Workshop, MTV, Comedy Central and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). She is a NYFA Fellow, an Asian American Arts Alliance UAI Fellow and a co-founder of the NYC animation collective Family Camp.
While she continues her own independent work, mari jaye gets daily inspiration from her students and colleagues at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Film and Animation.


On the playground, a frustrated girl’s jealousy clouds her inner thoughts and takes her deeper into hell, where a simple solution eludes her.