“When we devote a large amount of time in a area, and if we are spending focus, a variety of intimacy develops,” says Jeanne Simmons. The artist, who’s primarily based in the Pacific Northwest, grounds her practice in this perception of familiarity and ease with her surroundings. “We come to know the crops that grow there and the critters that roam there… We may well even get started to really feel that we ourselves have come to be element of that put, and it is this feeling that sustains and evokes me.”
Right after collecting normal resources like branches, wild veggies, and bark, Simmons constructs garments that intertwine her possess entire body with the landscape and obscure the difference concerning the two. In 1 operate, a total skirt produced of Queen Anne’s Lace trails from her midsection and blends with a meadow, though a further piece braids dried vegetation into her blond hair, producing a ft-extensive braid that appears to emerge from the ground. “Grass Cocoon” is related, twisting the artist’s locks into the content and swaddling her entire body in a sheath of green. “This is how I celebrate and deepen my connection with the normal planet. I suppose I have found that the very best way for me to turn into section of the landscape… is to have on it,” she shares. “It is also, at minimum in component, a lamentation for the catastrophic reduction of that link that we are witnessing in serious-time.”
Simmons has numerous performs in progress at the moment, such as a kelp shroud and fennel robe, and is collaborating with director and producer Ward Serrill on a movie about her apply. Keep up with all those jobs on her web-site and Instagram. (through Lustik)
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