Jesse Amado: BECOMING

Essay by Rainey Knudson

Jesse Amado is an artist who has used so many materials, and whose interests are so varied, that it seems hard at first to reconcile the beauty, playfulness and humor in his art with its musings on the darker underbelly of existence. That said, he is consistent in that all of his work is intensely observational, and is shot through with the existentialist’s reverence for the authentic human experience. His ultimate aim—and the overarching goal of both his art and his life—is the realization of freedom.