Memphis, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Drawing, Time-based, Sound, Performance, Installation, Video
Jesse Butcher (b. 1982) is an artist and educator currently living in Memphis, TN. Butcher received a BFA from The Rhode Island School Of Design in 2005 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Butcher has been an artist in residence at the Graham Foundation during the Breaking Glass Summer Seminar and a HATCH Resident Artist at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Curatorial projects include Okay Mountain and MASS Gallery in Austin, TX. He is a Co-founder of Walls Divide Press. Classes taught include “Introduction to Photographic Image Making,” “Damaged: Punk and Images” and “Exploratory Media.” His recent exhibitions include IN FOCUS at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ, America at PhilMOCA at Philadelphia, PA, and No Fate But What We Make at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.
The artist is always at work in some capacity. By allowing myself to indulge in not only historical and contemporary art but the culture that surrounds us, I believe it is important to let my practice free. I've found that my love of literature, film, and music play a major role in my artistic practice. I am in a constant state of consuming culture and reacting through image making. I tend to explore themes of power, violence, and desire for a hero.