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Lorna Simpson On Perspective, the Complexity of Layering, and Doing What She Needs — Colossal



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June 5, 2023

Paulette Beete

A collage of a woman wearing a crystal headdress with two crystals nearby

“Earth & Sky #24” (2016), collage on paper, 11 x 8 1/2 inches. All pictures by James Wang, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, © Lorna Simpson, shared with permission

Although Lorna Simpson is understood primarily as a photographer, she doesn’t restrict herself to at least one explicit medium, working throughout images, portray, collage, and sculpture in an intuitive course of she discusses in a brand new interview.

I feel by way of making artwork or working, it’s not all the time comfy. It’s not all the time assured…Plenty of occasions, there’s possibly numerous questions, or it may have that factor the place I’m not fairly positive if I’m pulling it off. I’m not fairly positive if it’s a good suggestion or the way it works. Again and again, I’ve come to respect being uncomfortable and leaning extra into the method of figuring issues out as a manner of continuing.

On this dialog with Colossal contributor Paulette Beete, Simpson describes how her perspective and gaze modifications over time, why she must forestall the analytical when creating, and what it’s meant, as a Black lady artist, to all the time be loyal to herself and her work.

Learn the interview.


A collage of three woman with disjointed faces

“Stroll with me” (2020), collage on paper, 29 3/8 x 22 1/2 inches

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