The world needs more female artists, whose unique voice will spark thoughtful conversation, and activate positive change. The first SDG5.US Artist in Residence is Kristin Simmons. She will create commissioned art pieces to advance gender equality around the world.
Kristin Simmons wants you to know that the world is full of double-entendre. If you can’t see it, look closer. She uses the culturally “programmed” female mindset to provide a running commentary on gender, psychology and consumption. Simmons’ work, which focuses on hedonistic pleasures — and the female experience of image and consumption in particular — is as acerbic, provocative, and unapologetically clever as it is empathetic and vulnerable. Her art depicts the double standards that women are expected to fulfill by employing contrasting imagery, visuals and typography. With each piece, Simmons not only hopes to give a voice to female artists, but also to inspire conversation about how we can eradicate harmful gender stereotypes through both action and reaction.
High Heels, High Hopes
High Heels, High Hopes is a series of screenprints that invite people young and old to fantasize with the imagined reality of the aspirational figure, Barbie. For generations Barbie has influenced children in how to function in an adult world -- with an unquenchable desire to look a certain way. This series ignites a conversation around the ways society, media and consumption have instilled false images of what women (and men) must or should be. Perhaps it can also be a way that we all find liberation.