Jeanne Simmons’ clothes of grass and flowers merge the bodies with the landscape

Art

#clothing #hair #land art #nature

“Cocoon of grass” (2018). All images © Jeanne Simmons, shared with permission

“When we spend a lot of time in a place, and if we pay attention to it, a kind of intimacy develops”, explains Jeanne Simmons. The artist, who is based in the Pacific Northwest, bases her practice on this sense of familiarity and ease with her surroundings. “We get to know the plants that grow there and the creatures that roam there… We can even begin to feel that we ourselves are part of this place, and it is this feeling that sustains and inspires me. “

After gathering natural materials like branches, wild vegetables, and bark, Simmons constructs garments that blend her own and others’ bodies into the landscape and obscure the distinction between the two. In one work, Queen Anne’s full lace skirt rises from her waist and merges with a meadow, while another piece weaves dried vegetation into her blonde hair, developing a foot-long braid that seems to emerge of the ground. “Grass Cocoon” is similar, twisting the artist’s locks into the material and swaddling her body in a sheath of green. “It’s how I celebrate and deepen my connection to the natural world. I guess I’ve found that the best way for me to be part of the landscape…is to wear it,” she shares. It is also, at least in part, a lament for the catastrophic loss of this connection that we are witnessing in real time.”

Simmons has several works in the works at the moment, including a kelp shroud and a fennel robe, and is collaborating with director and producer Ward Serrill on a film about his practice. Follow these projects on his website and Instagram. (via Lustik)

“Grass Cocoon” (2018)

“Extensions” (2020)

“Lace Skirt” (2019)

#clothing #hair #land art #nature

Do stories and artists like this matter to you? Become a colossal member today and support independent art publishing for as little as $5 a month. You’ll connect with a community of like-minded readers who are passionate about contemporary art, read ad-free articles and newsletters, support our interview series, get discounts and early access to our print versions limited edition, and much more. Join now!

Leave a Comment