My objective is to discover and celebrate the unconscious connections of all things and to imagine the possibility of balance and meaning that exist between them. My interdisciplinary designs are informed by the language of space and time: spirals, mandalas, circles, waves, and patterns. The resulting works whether in 2-D, 3-D, or as video, speak of the essence and fragility of nature and humanity, our rituals and our very existence.
As a child of a military family, growing up was a transcultural experience in which I developed a sense of connectedness to all diverse peoples, places, and cultures. I acquired a wide assemblage of influences. Motifs gathered from the many collected ideologies appear, again and again throughout my work.
I combine intellectual processes with the physicality of the handmade, valuing craft as well as vision and concept. I create work engaged with materiality that offers a tactile experience. Recycled, found, and altered materials are important elements that add their own personal rituals and symbolic spirit. Older existing works are not excluded from reinvention and reuse, becoming new works, and placed in new dialogues.
The most engaging moments of my process are when creating site-adaptive installations that place my works in conversation with each other, planning and choreographing the gestures and the energy between everything, including the audience.
Simmons-Jiménez received a BFA from Newcomb College in New Orleans, began her studio practice in the Dominican Republic and is now based in Miami. She has exhibited extensively in museums, galleries, and media festivals internationally and has collaborated with designers and architects to install large scale commissions in public and private spaces. She has had solo exhibits at the MOMA Santo Domingo, Palm Beach ICA Media Room with curator Michael Rush, Inter-American Development Bank Washington D.C. with curator Susana Leval, ArtCenter South Florida, Frances Wolfson Gallery at Miami-Dade College. Notable institutions exhibiting her work in group exhibits have been at the Chelsea Museum New York, The Mobile Museum of Art, the US Dept. of State Art in Embassies Program (Riyadh & Tegucigalpa), Casa de la Cultura-Valencia (Spain), Musée du Luxembourg, Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Appleton Museum, the Lowe Museum, MOCA N. Miami, the Frost Museum at FIU, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale, and others.
She is a recipient of a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Grant, a Florida Fellowship Grant, a Florida Artists Enhancement Grant, a Miami-Dade Tourism Development Grant, a Miami-Dade Community Grant. The artist was the first woman to exhibit video installation art in the Dominican Republic and in 1992 she was awarded the 1st Prize in Video at the XVIII Biennial in the Dominican Republic, resulting in her designation as a pioneer in video art and gender discourses in the country. She is listed among the creatives that helped forge the South Florida art community in the definitive books ‘Miami Contemporary Artists’ published in 2007, and ‘100+ Degrees In The Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art’ published in 2015.
In 2017, she was awarded a Grant from the ArtCenter South Florida and the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art in Palma de Mallorca to participate as a Visiting Artist. In early 2018, from her Miami studio, Simmons-Jimenez launched Art & Company Podcast, recorded, edited, and produced by the artist as a document of the South Florida art scene and a means of connecting community.
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One of the most visceral and fascinating aspects… the flowers she was pasting up were still fading and losing their color – they were “live” paintings, in the sense that they were also dying. Anne Tschida “Nature in a Studio”
Airy sculptures, woven with wire deftly incorporate biomorphic forms as they are caught in a slow dance with gravity. Elisa Turner “Critic’s Pick” Miami Herald
Simmons-Jiménez won, in 1992, one of the prizes of the XVIII Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales with the first video-art installation ever realized in the Dominican Republic, "A couple of days in the life of Julie Ozama" (1992). With this title "Revolution Evolution" (2003) the 'Dominican' video art and gender discourses pioneer plays with her doubled alterity … and codifies a new vision of Nature’s performatic talents. Dr. Alanna Lockward “Towards a Utopian Archeology”
A visual exploration achieved by way of a dialogue between the formal elements of video… possessed of indisputable brilliance. Jean Louis Jorge, Juror, XVIII Biennial, Dominican Republic
The effect is seductive and velvety, and mysteriously wrought with emotional associations. Dr. Carol Damian “Inside-Outside”
The artist dares again to break through her own creations freely opening up new possibilities for her art. Milagros Bello, Ph.D. “Deconstructing the Modern”