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Joanne Simon Art

Joanne Simon

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art by somerville artist Joanne  Simon titled  Green's Back
Green's Back monoprint (2017) 21" X 26.5"

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Artist's Statement

I am a Londoner living in Boston. While I have been here for 20 years, and recently became a U.S. citizen, (putting an end to years of taxation without representation!), I still bring an outsider's eye to American life.  

My formal art training began at the Wimbledon Art School in London, followed by four years at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel's national school of art.


I try to create works that are thought provoking. The themes I explore are often - though not always - inspired by cultural currents.

My work has included monotypes with subjects drawn from the gray clouds that have darkened the sky over the past four years. These have included a range of topical and historical themes, including Narcissus, Nike (the Greek goddess of Victory), the cultural nexus between Russia and America (the lure of empire and the embrace and fear of difference), and the cruelty of the intentional separation of families crossing the southern U.S. border. Other pieces explore the beauty and ephemera of movement, from the effortless play and dance of leaves, to the lithe elegance and gestural grace of ballet. 


Some of my work over the past year or so examines the intricate, fragile glory of butterflies, creatures threatened by climate change, which are plain in youth, beautiful in old age, and fly carefree across every man-made border. Another recent print series reflects my concerns about the fires - both in nature and society - that threaten our future. exploring how climate change both underlies and amplifies the uncertainty and distress we feel about the present and the opportunity we have to change things for the better.


Most recently, I have created images that express my reaction to racist violence and injustice.  I drew my inspiration from the non-judgmental innocence of dogs and children, which offers hope for a kinder, more just society.  In contrast, my other work during the pandemic conveys that, for many, love has emerged as an enduring and motivating force that helps us more clearly and deeply appreciate life and one another.

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