Portrait Box 11, oil on board, 2017
Il n'existe jamais que la moitié du ciel
Poetry by Laetitia Beaumel and Sophie-Anne Landry
Jan. 26 – March 4, 2017
Lorraine Simms’ recent paintings oscillate between desire and detachment. In this series she re-presents mass-produced artifacts, focusing with particular interest on describing hyper-stylized, kitsch, caricatures of animals. These works ask us to consider the Disneyfication of reality portrayed by these ephemeral objects of our affections.
Lorraine Simms vibrant paintings surprise, enchant and puzzle. Consistent throughout her work is a search for the deeper cultural significance of the objects of her regard. Little Deceptions expands on earlier work that focused on the magical transformation of objects and on highlighting the absurd. In current paintings Simms employs the technique of trompe-l'œil to explore materiality, attraction, physicality and art historical tropes. These paintings evoke the packaging of nature and the commodification of our imaginations, becoming portraits of our culture and of ourselves.
Nov. 5–29, 2015
The title of this exhibition, Familiars, references the spirit guides or animal companions described in folklore dating back to the Middle Ages. I re-imagine these magical guides as enigmatic forms composed of bound, contorted plush toy animals. In my paintings and sculptures these animal guides, our familiars, enter a menacing and dark realm, a surreal mindscape where associations swirl and tumble. As in Grimm's stories, these altered creatures evoke the shadow side - anxiety and menace lurk behind their playful façades.
Detail of Number Nine, oil on canvas, 2007
Rien que la vie: French translation of Alice Munro's Dear Life