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Immersive / Experiential / Participatory: Mixed Media, Painting, Objects, Film & Media

My artistic practice is deeply intertwined with nature, drawing inspiration from scientific discoveries that liken fungi to neural networks, echoing indigenous beliefs in the connected and healing powers of the Earth. A simple act like walking barefoot on grass or hiking through woods can provide profound emotional and spiritual benefits. Through my art, I aim to inspire others to reconnect with nature, fostering a deeper understanding of our place within it.

In my studio, I employ hybrid approaches, blending various mediums, techniques, and artistic conventions to create paintings, assemblages, and sculptures that reflect my personal experiences, memories, dreams, and even nightmares. I seek to convey the interconnectedness of all things, exploring the complex web of relationships that exist in the natural world. My creative process involves layering, assembly, and erasure, blurring the boundaries between abstract concepts and tangible forms.

Whether I'm working with mixed media, sculpture, or installation, I often incorporate elements of the human body, animals, clouds, or trees into my work. By placing these elements within imaginary landscapes, I aim to celebrate the connections and contradictions that define our existence, highlighting the endless possibilities that lie in the spaces between.

 

BIO:

Alette Simmons-Jiménez is an American artist and cultural organizer, currently based in Miami.  Simmons-Jiménez explores landscape art, interpreting the human/nature connection.  Her work combines mixed-media painting and collage, poetry, text, sculptural assemblage, installation, and video.  

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 Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS), Daytona Beach, 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 has been designated as 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. 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 Oolite Arts (ArtCenter South Florida) and the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art in Palma de Mallorca as a Visiting Artist.  In 2019, she was invited to Essaouira, Morocco to participate at Résidence D'Artiste Ifitry, an isolated experimental workspace created to inspire and connect artists from around the world to the unique surroundings and to each other. other. The artist recently presented a three-month solo screening of her video art at the Miami International Airport Moving Images Gallery, and an immersive installation for the Florida Biennial held at the Arts & Cultural Center Hollywood, FL.  Currently she is at work building an interconnected pair of sixty-foot environments, a temporary public art installation commissioned for Oolite Arts Walgreens Window's Project on Miami Beach.

Early in her career, the artist's practice extended to professional collaborations dedicated to community building.  From 2004-2011, she founded and directed the artist-run collective Artformz Alternative that supported and exhibited the work of over 150 artists with the goal to stimulate closer connections artist-to-artist and artist-to-public.  From 2013-2016, Simmons-Jiménez served on the BOD of ArtTable, Inc in New York and held the positions of Florida Chapter Chair and Programming Director.  Since 2018 she has hosted and produced Art & Company Podcast, that immediately gained a large listening audience, drawing attention to the South Florida art scene while serving to document the many dedicated talents and patrons supporting the community.

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The ethereal enveloping installation at the Sagamore Hotel from @alette2012 aka Alette Simmons Jimenez - come delve into ....  the work including her wall drawings. Magic! Grela Orihuela, Director: Design Miami, Independent Curator & Art Consultant

Alette Simmons-Jiménez offers an interconnected approach to art-making, citing feelings of closeness and isolation side-by-side.  Cori Hutchinson, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

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”