Pacific Northwest-based artist, mother, and lover of the natural world, Jeanne Simmons’ Ecological Artworks—or “Eco Art”—are a contemporary form of environmental art aimed at raising people’s awareness.
Jeanne k. Simmons — land artist
Jeanne K. Simmons is passionate about working in nature to address issues concerning humanity and the Earth. The Pacific Northwest-based artist is profoundly moved by the natural world, and is fortunate to live close to beaches, forests, and fields that inspire and sustain her and also provide her with her source materials.
Grass Cocoon — June 2018 Jeanne contemplated making Grass Cocoon for two years. The image was persistent and it took up residence in her imagination, so she finally committed to making it and enlisted the help of friend, naturalist, educator, basket-maker, and now beloved model, Nicole Larson. “This piece changed my life. It was shared widely on social media and was well received (aside from abundant concerns about ticks and chiggers.) Source: Instagram/jeanneksimmons
a preoccupation with the relationship between humans and nature Expressed
Artist Jeanne K. Simmons stated goal is to express, as beautifully and as compellingly as she can, the contents of her inner world and imagination, as well as a preoccupation with the relationship between humans and nature. With her work, Simmons attempts to describe a connectedness between us and our environment that seems to have been all but forsaken.
“I hope to nurture this dynamic relationship, which is our birthright and obligation, and to perhaps even rekindle and reawaken a yearning for it in others, as well as satisfy my own need to embed myself in nature.
Women, for me, express the feeling of connectedness to nature in a way that I find poetic. And, since my models are, in a sense, my surrogates (as I wish that I could braid myself to the ground and document myself in that state, but cannot), it only makes sense that they should be women.”
Grass Cocoon — June 2018 “From this experience I learned to just make the things I wanted to make, without judgement. I learned that it is possible to scrutinise an idea, and to apply a formal decision-making process to each piece, without assigning value. I decided to let other people decide if my work has value to them, and to remain confident about the essential role of my work in my life. After all, when everything is said and done, these are experiences I want and need to have.” Source: Instagram/jeanneksimmons