Lorraine Simonds

Reading in-between Lorraine’s expressive brushwork, she dwells on themes of the temporal, longing, suffering, vanity and memory, which conflicts against her use of the vibrant and illuminating medium. Her more recent work shifts into a comfortable tolerance towards mystery and unknowing as she renders high-detail accuracy against more abstracted and vague forms. Her style gives the nod to the brushwork and ethos of her Chinese heritage and her Western education.

In secret, early 2021 saw Lorraine embarking on the watercolour medium – an effort to reconcile her former academic notions of visual arts with her new life. After a 13-Year Hiatus from her formal practice involving abject mediums like her own teeth, nails, hair and scabs, she grapples against her own inclined pretentious notions of conceptual art fostered in her Fine Arts degree.

Today, she works from a place that is firmly seated in a position of simultaneous sadness and deep-rooted joy.

Vancouver/Squamish/Whistler has been her home since 2009, of which she produces the majority of her work from her home studio in Squamish.

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