Motivated by biophilia, an innate affinity for the living world, my work often originates with an intriguing biological process or dream image. My practice is to make nature's invisible processes, conscious - to raise consciousness - especially about environmental issues and carbon drawdown solutions. To develop images into concepts, I research current and historical news and literature, and employ mathematics and color theory. Critical to my practice is to feel deeply and labor physically with the concepts. I consider each piece finished when the composition feels closest to being integrated, albeit never fully. Hence, imperfect symmetry prevails, and I work almost exclusively on an x-y axis.
The future I see is fossil-fuel-free and locally governed/resilient. I support the global transition to renewable energy and shifting power and governance into the capable arms of local communities.
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.
The following attributes of forest ecosystems are key themes of my research and work:
1. Sunlight is Fuel - a forest relies on current solar income; we mimic this by transitioning human systems to utilize renewable energy.
2. Nothing (no one) is Waste - in a forest, waste is food, everything is for use and regenerates; we mimic this by eliminating the concept of waste, cleaning supply chains, and valuing the marginalized.
3. Diversity is Strength - a forest is a cooperation of diverse species, in diversity is unity; we mimic this by preserving earth's biodiversity and celebrating human differences.
4. Carbon is Accounted for - forests draw down and cycle carbon dioxide; we mimic this by protecting old-growth forests and accounting for carbon emissions on financial statements.
Jen Ann Simmons