A primary focus of Jesse McLean's videos is the power – and the failure – of the mediated experience to bring people together. She is motivated by a deep curiosity regarding human behavior and the ways intimacies and connections are formed in an age of mediated experience. Using a variety of subjects and a collagist approach to moving image production, her projects contrast the finite capacities of nonhumans with infinite human desires. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including Projections at New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Mumok Cinema in Vienna, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, and Impakt. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar and a MacDowell Fellow in 2016. In 2016 she was selected for a Mary L. Nohl Individual Artist Fellowship. She is based in Milwaukee, WI, where she directs the graduate program and is an associate professor of film/video/animation/new genres at Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee.
Jesse McLean worked in the Mixter studio.
Built in 1927–1930, the Florence Kilpatrick Mixter Studio was funded by its namesake and designed by the architect F. Winsor, Jr., who also designed MacDowell's original Savidge Library in 1925. Mixter Studio, solidly built of yellow and grey-hued granite, once had sweeping views of Pack Monadnock to the east. The small building was originally entered on the…