I have continued to be inspired by the work of Artist Lorna Simpson (www.lsimpsonstudio.com) since visiting her stunning Exhibition at Baltic last year. The beautiful accompanying publication has also fed into my ongoing interest in image / text combinations. I am working on ideas for my new project that combine my images with creative texts so Simpson’s use of this approach (and her shared love of the grid) are particularly pertinent. I’m planning a grid of my 103 pregnancy tests against red velvet backdrops.
“Simpson became well-known in the mid-1980s for her conceptually rigorous and language driven large-scale works combining photographs and text. Although the texts add significance to the images, the connection between both is open and the narrative allusive and coded, rather than direct or documentary, her critical strategy nevertheless leaves room for the spectator’s imagination. In these photographs, Simpson employs the figure of the African-American woman to challenge conventional views of gender, identity, culture, history, and memory, and examines the ways in which these shape interactions, relationships and experiences” Text from http://www.balticmill.com/whats-on/detail/lorna-simpson