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adrienne simmons

about

For my undergraduate degree, I studied various forms of fine arts and art history, eventually landing (and excelling) in graphic deign at the University of Houston. I have also completed one year of graduate level coursework  in graphic design and bookmaking at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. We moved around a lot in my childhood, something I now consider something to be fortunate for, as I was able to explore distinct environments and enjoyed the nuances of regional cultures. These experiences have undoubtedly shaped my creative mindset and interest in social issues.
Graphic design plays a major role in my overall creative practice. It’s a chance to think outwardly, consider different perspectives, and think about design from a psychological standpoint. Being a designer is incredibly satisfying work, where I can be both pragmatic and creative, while simultaneously helping clients visualize their ideas and dreams. I’m always looking for creative projects to collaborate on! Contact me here.

artist statement

My collages are made of vintage papers exclusively because of their degradation; the texture may be brittle, but the inks are beautiful. True to my graphic design background, I was originally drawn to vintage magazines for their artwork, page layouts, and typography. Although, once I began objectively studying these vintage publications, a trend began to emerge: the commodification of women in advertising. The propaganda of an “ideal woman,” along with other fractured images of idealized indoor and outdoor environments, flora and fauna, all coalesce into a visual dystopia. I am drawn to vintage papers for my artwork, but modern issues of equality, climate change, and the stigma of mental illness are considerably strong sources of inquiry.