This edition is a photo-etching of the painting titled Embracing Flames, 2019, from her solo exhibition 'The Marks of a Stranger' at Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York. This body of work explores the historical legend of Lucretia, a multi-faceted tale of a heroine's ‘honor’ self-sacrifice tied to the founding of republican Rome. Through this art historical lens, the artist sparks a conversation on gender, power, appropriation, and time.
Jesse Mockrin explores the fluidity of gender and hierarchies of power through the re-telling of biblical and mythological canons. Her luminous paintings disrupt old narratives through methods of cropping, fragmentation, and caesura. These contemporary compositions investigate the forces driving culture and consciousness, transforming the meaning of images throughout art history by bringing them to the present context.
About the artist
Jesse Mockrin (b. 1981, Silver Spring, MD) has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; and Galerie Perrotin, Seoul. She has been featured in group shows at James Cohan, New York; Friends Indeed, San Francisco; SPURS Gallery, Beijing; and Unit London, UK, among others. Her work belongs in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), CA; Rubell Collection, Miami; KRC Collection, Voorschoten; and Hans-Joachim and Gisa Sander Foundation, Darmstadt. Mockrin's work has been covered extensively, appearing in publications including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Vogue, Artforum, T Magazine, Modern Painters, and Art Agenda. A catalogue for her solo exhibition Syrinx was produced by Night Gallery in 2019. Her work was included in the 16th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2022. Mockrin lives and works in Los Angeles.
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