Fermentation of Ideas
The COVERT Collective is pleased to be participating in Femme Folks Fest 2022. Maria Simmons is an eclectic, multi-disciplinary artist whose work often focusses on the very essence of life. We hope you enjoy curated. Co-Editor Bart Gazzola’s interview with her that he recently conducted in her Hamilton studio.
“There’s no specific medium that I see myself working in… I kind of think of it more as I make art that eats itself.” Bart Gazzola interviews artist Maria Simmons in her studio in Steeltown (as ‘Art is the new steel’ is a catchphrase of the city’s Supercrawl), discussing topics as diverse as the worst meal she ever made, to the curious relationship many artists have with aspic.
Maria Simmons is a hybrid artist from Hamilton, ON. She investigates potentialized environments through the creation of hybrid sculpture and installation. Her work embraces contamination as an act of collaboration. She collects garbage, grows mushrooms, ferments plants, and nurtures fruit flies. She makes art that eats itself. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo and a BFA from McMaster University. She has recently exhibited at Xpace, The Plumb, Platform, Ed Video Media Art Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Hamilton Artist Inc. She has completed residencies at Silent Barn in NYC, NY, Factory Media Centre in Hamilton, ON, and Herdsman House in Neubergthal, MB.
~ Posted by Bart Gazzola