Jesse Connor’s images stem from the transformative & mysterious power of the natural world. The land and its infinite complexity invite a sense of connection, study, interpretation, and storytelling. These unwritten narratives are brought to life through onsite painting and imaginative compilations derived from travel and the internet. Connor develops a catalogue of visual “source material” from which he creates wholly new spaces full of detail, color, light, and story.
These images often contain the contradictory feelings of beauty, solitude and menace. This disparity provides an engaging sense of tension and encourages the viewer’s speculation. Images also explore the nuanced relationships between people and the land upon which they live. These relationships can be synergetic or conflicted, but are always born of a profound interdependence and interconnectedness.
Connor has exhibited in Cameroon, West Africa; Berlin, Germany; Key West, Florida; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Boston, Northampton, Springfield, Gardener, and Worcester, Massachusetts. He teaches a variety of courses at Springfield Technical Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College, and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and served as visiting faculty at Bennington College.