Join Tamarind Institute artist-in-residence Rose B. Simpson, Tamarind Gallery director Nancy Zastudil, and University of New Mexico Art Museum curator of Prints and Photographs Mary Statzer for a discussion about Simpson’s work, including her collaborative experience at Tamarind and her upcoming virtual project at the museum.
Simpson hails from an arts and permaculture environment at Santa Clara Pueblo, N.M. Still residing on her ancestral homelands, Simpson explores ways to deconstruct gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and social ideologies through many avenues of creative expression, from sculpture to farming to writing to parenting her small daughter.
Her ceramic and mixed-media sculptures have been exhibited internationally and are in museum collections throughout the country, including the Denver Art Museum and SFMoMA. Simpson earned her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, an Honors MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction also from IAIA. She is on the Board of Directors of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute, Tewa Women United, and the New Mexico School for the Arts. Her sculpture is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco and Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.
Simpson’s artist statement says, “My life-work is a seeking out of tools to use to heal the damages I have experienced as a human being of our postmodern and postcolonial era— objectification, stereotyping, and the disempowering detachment of our creative selves through the ease of modern technology. These tools are sculptural pieces of art that function in the psychological, emotional, social, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and physical realms. The intention of these tools is to cure; therefore, my hope is that they become hard-working utilitarian concepts.”
To see more about Simpson and her work, go to her website.
Statzer is the curator of Prints and Photographs at the UNM Art Museum. She has published articles in Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled The Photographic Object 1970. She brought the exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM and organized the exhibitions Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs, Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties, and Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration. Mary is dedicated to serving the community through object-based learning and creating relevant exhibitions that challenge, delight, inspire, and inform viewers.
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