Alette Simmons-Jimenez’s work is motivated by the dynamic relationships between shapes, form, and color resulting from a spontaneous integration of the known and the unknown. Beginning with layering, overlapping, and binding things together, Simmons-Jimenez then physically tears her work apart to see what abstractions are revealed. Her approach uses the traditional elements of color, composition, line, and form to consider human vulnerability and the complex balance between the sublime and the tragic in our relationship to nature.
BLUE FADES TO BROWN FADES TO VIOLET
Blue waters surrender without complaint
into gutter-brown swirls, swells, and crests.
Curled ripples, foamy-topped and gas-stained,
lay their iridescence on front lawns.
The electric violet tickles at my ankles.
Feels like silk and smells like danger.
We listen. The silent flood drifts ever southward
giving up no answers.