I first discovered artist Lorna Simpson‘s work in college, when my favorite professor showed me photographs from her “Bio” series of 1992, which examined the female experience. I was so taken by her work and fell in love all over again when I came across her graphite and ink “Head Series” a few years later. There’s both a softness and an edge to her work, and always a strong sense of self and examining the way culture and history affect how we see ourselves in the world. My appreciation for her work made her one of the very first people I reached out to when we started working on our second book. Meeting and talking with Lorna will always be one of my favorite moments of this project and I’m so happy to share more of her work here today. xo, grace
Artist: Lorna Simpson
About: Lorna was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1960. She graduated from SVA with a BA and got her MFA from UC San Diego.
Work: Lorna is incredibly talented across a wide range of media, from film and photography to collage, felt work and drawing. She uses each medium to tell powerful stories about identity, culture, history, race and ethnicity, focusing on the experience of African-American women in America. Lorna has been celebrated at galleries and museums across the globe (including the Museum of Modern Art) and she was given a 20-year retrospective of her work at the Whitney in 2007.
More: You can watch a great interview with Lorna here, read an excellent piece with her in Aperture here and here in BOMB magazine, and find her home website here.