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Wherever We Land…
Now screening through January 20, 2023
MIA Galleries is pleased to present Wherever We Land…, a screening of two short films by multidisciplinary artist Alette Simmons-Jiménez featuring Slipping Through Your Fingers (2022) and Hush the Sky (2013).
Utilizing painting, sculpture, video, light, poetry, and sound, Alette Simmons-Jiménez traverses different mediums, assembling topographies with symbols from diverse cultures rooted in her experiences. Her practice aims to create visual experiences that celebrate the transformative power of Nature.
These films intend to inspire viewers to contemplate and explore more profound experiences with Nature, bringing us a better understanding of ourselves and each other.
Slipping Through Your Fingers is a short film that engages viewers in a conversation of texture, movement, light, and sound, calling to the sacred and ephemeral of Nature. Using imagery of Florida's natural environment, the artist suggests a stream of consciousness in a beautiful, moving poem. As the artist explains, the film “is visual thought, drifting into your sensibilities like a river, awakening you to an existence connected to all things.”
Video: Excerpt from the film Slipping Through Your Fingers, 2022. Courtesy of the artist.
Hush The Sky is a hand-drawn chalkboard stop-motion animation recording the artist's random memories gathered from a road trip the artist took in search of her early childhood years. Recording bitstream-type memories using line, design, and patterns from her experiences and snapshots, the animation follows the artist's memories as they jump into consciousness, beginning with a wish she made, blowing dandelion seeds into the wind. The film's audio is the actual sound recorded while drawing/erasing, with the distortions that occurred during editing.
Video: Excerpt from the film Hush the Sky, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
Alette Simmons-Jiménez (b. Wisconsin) currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Holding a BFA from Tulane University (1975) she has continued experimenting and researching through workshops and artist residencies. Simmons-Jiménez exhibits nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several awards.
For more information, visit: Alettesimmonsjimenez.com