Jessie Lamworth is a Maryland-based painter and sculptor. Interested in the strange contradictions of the American built environment, specifically in suburban and rural environments and their isolationist properties, she envisions semi-surreal scenes that explore loneliness and togetherness simultaneously. Lamworth holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from Haverford College and is inspired by American Scene Painting, Surrealism, Regionalism, and utopian planning.
"I began working on these paintings just before the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, but I believe they are particularly relatable now, as so many people are struggling with feelings of disconnection, loneliness, and isolation."
I am deeply influenced by the rural farmland scenes that surround me. As someone who grew up without a tangible concept of a “next door neighbor,” I dreamt up imaginary lives in the fields and woods of our infinite backyard in order to fill empty spaces. This desire to construct connection and find solace in social isolation has long been a motivation behind my work. I struggle to reconcile my instincts to be solitary and my sharp longing for human connection. To strengthen myself in this conflict, I use art.
In these quiet places that seem almost uninhabited, I like to imagine the souls of the place— whether the souls of people, of buildings, or of other seemingly inanimate objects— reaching out through the ether, venturing away from isolation and towards an elusive hope.