Simmons-Jimenez works in a variety of media "...starting with a basic
idea and pulling from stimuli close at home. The subjects are chosen
for their strong personal relevancy. Ideas are cut from memory and
pasted together seeking a visual harmony, and creating becomes
understood as 'thought.' An ordered, calculated rendering of a
recognizable image is balanced by a running accident of paint or an
image intuitively overlaid, breaking down the first. The works are
abstract in composition, realistic in form, and surreal in content.
Striving to surpass the limits of art on a pictorial level, I hope to
move and satisfy viewers in a heightened way by surprising their
expectations, by conforming to order, even as I jar it." Alette's
primary focus is painting, experimental video, and installation art with
mixed-media constructions. Working with architects and designers, she
has created and installed seven large-scale, site-specific works.
Alette's works have
been exhibited in the Dominican Republic, France, and Honduras; and in
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska,
and Washington, DC, in the United States, and are held in public and
corporate collections. Her numerous awards and distinctions include
Judges' Choice Award, Best in Show, First Prize, Diploma of Recognition,
and Individual Artist Fellowships.
Born in Madison,
Wisconsin, Alette Simmons-Jimenez spent her youth living between the
United States and Europe. After graduating with a B.F.A. from Newcomb
College of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1975, she
relocated to the Dominican Republic and began working as a full time
artist. Eighteen years later, seeking more challenge and opportunities
for her work, she returned to the United States. She has been living in
Miami, Florida, since 1993.
Her numerous awards and
distinctions include Judges' Choice Award, Best in Show, First Prize,
Diploma of Recognition, and Individual Artist Fellowships.