Meet Kristin Simmons, Painter & Print Maker


Kristin is a painter and printmaker interested in consumerism – specifically looking at appetites that cannot be satisfied. Having, wanting, lusting, needing etc., as it relates to pop culture. 

How  did you get started? 

I was always making art from a young age, but I started selling more seriously about 3 years ago when I completed my “.01” series – which is very much a parody and critique of Wall Street, political, capital and millennial culture

 

 What has been the most challenging moment in your career? 

I worked in advertising for 6 years before becoming a full time artist. I was scared to make that leap but once I did it I felt a huge sense of freedom.

 

What was the most brag-gable moment? 

I was recently mentioned in The Observer  by a very well-known gallerist, Eric Mourlot, for a series of prints I did, called “American Expense.” I am one of the few living artists he represents, so it feels very surreal to have my work in his gallery alongside Picasso, Miro, Matisse, and so forth! 

 

What would you say is your biggest weakness?

 Sleep. I need 8 hours constantly…but I need
more time in my day to create, so that’s a constant struggle.

And your greatest strength? 

Resilience. This is a TOUGH business. It’s also really tough for women. You have to be strong and thick-skinned.

What was the greatest lesson you’ve learned from a mistake? 

Beware of people who are in your inner circle but not your corner. 

What do you love most about what you do? 

Art has always made me happy and creating it has always been cathartic and wonderful for me, no matter what I do. Many people go through their entire lives without finding a passion; I am grateful to have it.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Once you become fearless life becomes limitless.

How do you define happiness? 

When you no longer call what you do for a living “work.”

 


What book are you currently reading?
 

The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink by Mark Dery. A must-read for anyone interested in the zeitgeist of our country’s current culture. 

 What’s a personal habit that you believe contributes to your success?

Discipline. No matter what, get up, get dressed, put on a good face, and make something, meet someone or do something. Wallowing will get you nowhere, even on your worst of days. 

I am currently collaborating with the artist Norman Lasca, but I can’t say anything yet about the project we’re doing – it’s a secret…but that’s part of the appeal. It’s going to be great!

 

Follow Kristen’s Instagram: @kristinsimmonsart

or check out her website: http://www.kristinsimmonsart.com/