Kristin Simmons

 Born in 1989 in New York City, Kristin Simmons is a painter, printmaker, and silkscreen artist with a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Columbia University. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Orra White Hitchcock and National Endowment of the Arts Award. Having grown up in New York City, Simmons draws major inspiration from her experience of a culture of excess. In her previous series, Simmons used the internet, books and pop culture to appropriate source images for her work before blending these images with childhood toys and objects in her studio. Bold, graphic, and colorful, Simmons’ most recent work recalls current political affairs, particularly gun rights and Wall Street scandals. The '0.01%' series also explores this theme of ownership by portraying the excessive and myopic outlook of Wall Street. Simmons appropriates and parodies the very industry and culture they represent. They ride the wave of the zeitgeist (the title recalls a plethora of events: the Occupy Wall Street movement, the populist policies of Bernie Sanders, the 2008 crash), yet serve as a sort of 'Memento mori': everything must end. They all, nevertheless, recall the enduring themes of money, morality, and gender-biased culture. Simmons' work is eye-catching, playful, and polemical. The discussion and debate surrounding her chosen themes (drugs, capitalism, guns) are never not politicized and divisive. But, however much her work provokes and polarizes, it never moralizes. Simmons currently works in New York City.