Jen Ann Simmons
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Statement
 

My work offers an atmosphere of multidimensional interconnection – (1) we differ subjectively on many levels and (2) we unite biologically – nature is change is paradoxical.

 

Now, we live in the Anthropocene – this geological age defined by human activity altering the balance of the Biosphere.

 

My central question: how to inhabit space (produce, consume, offer/value) more reciprocally with the natural world?

 

Geometries of flora/fauna, forest and orca choruses, symmetries of sentences, synaptic branches - the myriad of nature's maths and languages most inspire me.

 

Through reflections, equations, questions, and sculpting language, I communicate experimentally, interconnection.

Biography
 

Jen Ann Simmons is a writer and contemporary, abstract artist based in Los Angeles, CA best known for her geometric, spiritual paintings and lyrical myths.

 

Driven by inner imagery and rooted in independent research of the natural world, Jen examines humanity’s changing relationship with nature and expresses, experimentally and abstractly, potential collective avenues for addressing human-induced climate change.

Vision / Philosophy

The future I see is fossil-fuel-free and locally governed and resilient.

At present, I uphold that beyond a mass change in mindset, the topmost priorities for mitigating human-induced climate change are: cradle-to-cradle industrial design, pricing carbon, and reforestation.

 

Concurrently, I believe the best way to adapt to inevitable climate impacts is reinforcing local governance and incentivizing renewable energy.

Background
 

Jen Ann Simmons is a writer and contemporary, abstract artist based in Los Angeles, CA best known for her geometric, spiritual paintings and lyrical myths.

 

Driven by inner imagery and rooted in independent research of the natural world, Jen examines humanity’s changing relationship with nature and expresses, experimentally and abstractly, potential collective avenues for addressing human-induced climate change.

Painting Process

Phase 1: Ideation

I approach a canvas when ideas and imagery integrate in new ways. I practice patience and "blankness," clearing the mind (beginner's mindset) to allow the ideas to congeal into concepts (the premise behind the abstraction). 

Phase 2: Composition

When I understand enough about what I want to say (concept(s)), I work on how I will say it (form(s)) by imagining myself in the specific environment I want to create with the painting. I then sketch on paper to experiment with what forms and arrangements might yield the right atmosphere to evoke the concept.

 

Phase 3: Build & Draw

With a ruler and pen or pencil, I draw the canvas's structure/grid. I always start with the center point of the canvas, to mark an x-y axis. I arrange the forms on the axis, erasing, changing, and restarting frequently. 

 

Phase 4: Color Study

A color study helps determine what combinations might yield the right conceptual effect. To choose the right paints, I arrange the colors according to a mathematical system to create the right mix, which inevitably changes, but the color study gives enough theory to start painting and a framework to hold the work's evolution. 

 

Phase 5: Background

I paint many layers of colors for the background. While painting, I try to witness consciousness - "I" am not one thought or impulse or identity, but all of them in totality. Painting the background is an opportunity to observe my thoughts, memories, and narratives (my own background). 

 

Phase 6: Foreground

Painting the foreground requires continuous improvement, aborted roads, and slow iteration to refine the concepts into final forms, logic, patterns, parables, and equations. In this phase, I paint at the easel, or lay the canvas on a table to draw and paint the detail, or even hold the canvas to instill a close relationship.

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Los Angeles, CA 

jen@jenannstudio.com 

© 2020 by Jen Ann Simmons