Dominique Simmons

In my work, past and present share the same surface. There is a drive to transform memory into something tangible, the art object that contains both the DNA and the mutations of a life lived. I am especially interested in mutation for that is where I think imagination is born. My ability to imagine, to create alternative realities, changes the way I look at the past, informs the present and sets in motion the future.

These themes are supported by energetic and fluid marks that sometimes define edges, but do so fluidly so that what is inside the shape is never fully contained and what is outside may find its way inside. The surface texture is aggressively worked and implies, either by buildup of marks or a buildup of medium, the idea of movement and passage of time. My work rises off the surface, creating a depth of field which is also physically compatible with the idea of movement and time.

Time is a weapon, an excuse, both a killer and an impetus for dreams, an incubator for reverie and poetry. Time is not linear, especially when making art. Everything I have ever done, heard, seen, tasted, smelled, or felt arrives at the work of art, most often in “fits and starts”, and sometimes as brief and exhilarating surges of creativity.

The Devil is in the Details

23.5″ x 23″

Get Behind the Mule In the Morning and Plow (apologies Tom waits)

24″ x 42″

Sun Ship

Encaustic on wood and tarlatan, and monopint
18″ x 20″ x 6.5″


Epoxied eggshell on wood with lasered motif, polymer clay, clothed images
16.5″ x 8.5″ x 3″