Shit-trees and beating heart (after Sano di Pietro), 2013
Oil and metal leaf on gesso panel
Original size: 76 x 61 cm
Photographer: Henrietta Simson
Drawn from the background imagery in Renaissance paintings, Simson’s work explores the interplay that exists between the depiction and perception of landscape. The application of perspective, discovered during the Renaissance, marks the beginning of a particularly Western attitude to visual imagery as well as landscape, one that is associated with the domination of visual and physical space. She makes paintings and installations in order to return to the origin of this paradigm and explore an appreciation of the material that accompanied Renaissance perspective and that facilitated a description of the experience of being in the world, as opposed to the representation of how we assume we may see it that is more commonly associated with the effects of perspective. Her work engages with ecological narratives through exploring a connection between land and body that does not exclusively privilege the visual.
She completed an MA at the Slade in 2007 where she is currently researching for a practice-related PhD. She received the Clare Winsten Memorial Award and the Gordon Luton Award for Fine Art in 2007, and in 2011 won the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture.
Solo shows include the Slade Summer School, 2007/13 and the Slade Research Centre, 2008; Man&Eve Gallery, London, 2008; Volta New York (2010) and The Art Cabin, London, 2014.
Group shows include New Contemporaries, 2006; the John Moores Painting Prize, 2010; the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005; and Simson&Volley in 2012.