Visionary Artist Celebrates Interconnected Relationships in Every Piece
Growing up, visionary artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez was constantly surrounded by nature and learned to appreciate the true essence of the world and its eccentric scenery.
After receiving her BFA from Newcomb College in New Orleans, Alette made her way to the Dominican Republic where her imaginative art made its start. Alette seizes every opportunity to praise spiritual ideas and natural phenomenon in her craft.
Alette lets her art flow naturally as she halfway orchestrates and halfway lets go, allowing processes, instincts, and actions to build the work. Her work embodies the connection between human to nature and vise versa, resulting in raw pieces that celebrate the physicality of our natural world.
“My work examines the transformative power of nature and the relationship between nature, society, and self,” says Alette.
Now based in Miami, Alette Simmons-Jiménez’s multidisciplinary art is showcased in her own studio, giving Alette the opportunity to express her ideas in multiple ways. Her work continues to leave notable footprints and is praised locally and internationally with more exhibitions in the works.
SHOWFIELDS partnered up with the artist to showcase a live curation where she discusses her curated works that illustrate an appreciation of craft as well as vision and concept.
Keep scrolling to learn more about Alette Simmons-Jiménez’s creative process, identity, and future projects.
Q - Tell us a little bit about yourself and your practice:
"My mother was an avid gardener. I grew up as a military kid and was uprooted many times, from the big city to small village, from a big house to a small cottage. But no matter where we were there would always be a garden, or one would quickly appear out of moist, brown shades of soil. My mother taught me how to speak to flowers and watch them flourish.
The garden, in our nomadic lives, was always the constant and is ever-present in my life today. I fuse geometrical form with the flow and rhythm of nature. I employ the concept - reuse, rethink, reimagine, orchestrating, and letting go, allowing processes, instincts, and actions to build the work."
Q - What are your parameters for artist selection?
"When asked to curate, without thinking, my first choices are artists whom I know are seriously dedicated to their work. They’ve been working for a while, had successes and failures, and their work is all the richer for it. I require true professionalism, being on time, and meeting the given deadlines. It’s a collaboration and we are all working together - there is zero-tolerance for attitude."
Q - What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?
"The beauty of art is that it is so diverse and never ceases to surprise. I don’t believe in limits or labels of what is or is not relevant for today. Art and creativity are experienced in the moment and interpreted differently by each particular person."
Q - Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS:
"As an artist myself, I'm attracted to work that speaks to the same concepts I’m passionate about, work that examines the transformative power of nature and the relationship between nature, society, and self. The works I've curated also illustrate an appreciation of craft as well as vision and concept. They are works I want to spend time getting lost in, work I want to dive into and examine up close. They celebrate the physicality of the handmade and engage materiality. They nurture new associations, rethinking and reimagining what's possible."
Q - What is your advice for art lovers and appreciators looking to start their own art collections?
"There is very good original art at all price levels. Buy what you like and what makes you happy. Buy from your local artists and enjoy the creative community that will open to you."
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