EXIBITION ESSAY

Maud Simmons: The Breaking Up Of Light
By
Kene J. Rosa

Maud Simmons is a New York visual artist transplanted to Los Angeles after her training at Dalton and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Her work is diverse as she delves into different subject matter and style to round out her artistic output.

It is obvious in the work by Ms. Simmons that Turner and Durer are influences that infuse her work. Her use of colors and the breaking up of light planes in her Water Series have a David Hockney sensibility that comes from her explorations on how light refracts in water. Her Leaf and Bird Series are reminiscent of Renaissance draftsmanship. They show her proficiency in rendering true life subjects. The backgrounds of these works are patterned as if to make the works look centuries old. Outstanding in this group is an ink drawing of a cat that takes its form from Asian iconography as in the work of Foujita.

Over all the blues and marine greens that Simmons employs gives one a sense of being deep in the ocean depths. The ripples are smooth and deep and some pieces evoke both Japanese Sumi painting and the mysterious internal light found in nascent abstract works by Turner and Constable. All in all, this body of work, that is broken up into three sections show the skill that Ms. Simmons has harnessed in her long career using among others the difficult and elusive medium of watercolor.