I heard about Lorna Simpson for the first time in a Fine Arts class about a year ago. I absolutely fell in love with her work.
Lorna Simpson was born in 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. One of the leading artists of her generation, Lorna Simpson first became well known in the mid-1980s for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that addressed complex issues like gender and identity, also, racism, slavery, and other aspects that African-American experienced in society.
credit: Lorna Simpson, You’re Fine, 1988, 4 color Polaroid prints, 15 engraved plastic plaques, 21 ceramic pieces (19 letters, 2 apostrophes). 40×103 inches overall.
This artwork is based in Simpson’s personal experience when she was applying for a job as a secretary, and the medical examinations that she went through in order to become a candidate for this job. After being hired, Simpson realized that no other employee was black, and that no other employee had had to undergo a physical examination to work there.
This is my favorite:
credit: Lorna Simpson, Wigs II, 1996-2006, Waterless lithographs on felt.
credit: Lorna Simpson, Waterbearer, 1986 , Gelatin silver print, vinyl lettering. Photograph 45 x 77 (framed), 55 x 77 inches overall.
For me, Lorna Simpson explores all the subjects, issues and discrimination women confront on the everyday life. She explains these issues with visual simplicity, nevertheless, it has an important, profound message. Her pieces caught my attention as a student because I have had some situations in which I truly felt discriminated as women and for my skin. In some countries, such as mine, we have a long way to go in terms of gender equality in the workforce and that we must not be oppressed in our homes and our society.
You can visit Simpson’s website here. She has worked with video and drawing as well.