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The paintings invoke felt aliveness and agency. My work is maximalist, transcendental, and politically active. An x/y axis centers the viewer on the present moment, now, and bright colors splash the viewer with felt vibrancy while occasional portals draw you deep into the earth, imaginatively. The paintings inspire transcendence, but through a descending process, not an ascending one. The paintings are maximalist, the colors are layered with little to no white space, to inspire maximizing the moment. What unites all viewers is that we are persons, constituents, consumers. However one identifies, the question my paintings ask is: how do you maximize aliveness now?


Jen Ann Simmons is a painter and writer based in Los Angeles, CA and works with organizers advocating for clean, renewable energy, zero emission transportation, clean air, equitable access to nature, and protection of public lands and biodiversity.

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