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.