Artist Statement
Portals into an other world, not supernatural, an earth you are invited to imagine: regenerative societies of common wealth, not extractive economies of private ownership. How we are in relationship with earth currently depends on a fossil fuel-burning economy causing the climate crisis, built on environmental racism. At the very least, to stop worsening the crisis, we need to transform economic, energy, and cultural infrastructure to incentivize renewable energy and restorative justice, in which the art calls us to agency. Motivated by biophilia, an innate love for the living world, the work is often inspired by the symmetry and geometry of non-human flora and fauna, lush, interconnected systems of biodiversity, surprising beauty in unexpected forms, and social movements, many people acting as one, beautiful undeniable force.


A society that is fossil-fuel-free and locally governed and resilient. I support the global transition to renewable energy and shifting governing power to local community leaders.


I advocate for human community and industry that functions more like forest ecosystems, where sun is fuel, nothing is waste, diversity is strength, and carbon is accounted for. 


1. Sunlight is Fuel - rely on current solar, wind, water income; transition human systems to use renewable energy.


2. Nothing (no one) is Waste - waste is food, everything is of use and regenerates; eliminate waste and pollution from supply chains and marginalization of peoples by identity.


3. Diversity is Strength - in diversity is unity; conserve earth's biodiversity and celebrate human differences.

4. Carbon is Accounted for - draw down and cycle carbon dioxide; protect old-growth forests and public lands; account for emissions on financial statements. 


Jen Ann Simmons is a visual artist and organizer of southern California community organizers at Sierra Club fighting for clean, renewable energy, zero emission transportation, healthy air, equitable access to nature, and protection of public lands and biodiversity. Jen works alongside organizers for a world where at least 50% of public lands and waters are protected from human development, and everyone has equitable access to nature and clean energy; where community members are decision makers about local, common resources and values: clean air, energy, and water; healthy soil; a habitable atmosphere and earth. Connect with Jen on LinkedIn.

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