Jesse Mockrin’s paintings refer to symbolic traditions and cultural narratives in the history of European art. She uses methods of cropping, enlargement and combination to destabilize and invigorate the works she references, adding new significance even where her renditions remain faithful. Her work often addresses gender and androgyny by reclaiming stories from a feminist perspective.
Jesse Mockrin was born in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1981. She earned her BA from Columbia University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2011.
She has had solo exhibitions of her work at: Night Gallery in Los Angeles (2018); Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York (2016); and Galerie Perrotin in Seoul (2017). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Rubell Collection, the KRC Collection, and the Hans-Joachim and Gisa Sander Foundation.
Mockrin's work has been covered extensively in publications, including: The New York Times; The New Yorker; Vogue; Artforum; T Magazine; Modern Painters; and Art Agenda; among others. A catalogue for her solo exhibition Syrinx was produced by Night Gallery in 2019.
She lives and works in Los Angeles.