Diane Simpson: House Images

The Seen Issue 4, May 2017

Chicago-based sculptor Diane Simpson's three-dimensional forms, at once poetic and quirky, are translated from the artist’s personal archive of found images, their sources ranging from details of architectural ornamentation— whether an Art Deco wall sconce or vintage wallpaper—to articles of clothing. Distilled either from the artist’s memory or from photographs found in books as diverse as an encyclopedia of Elizabethan dress and a 1920s advertising pamphlet from Marshall Fields, Simpson transforms her images into architectonic sculptures that at once transcend their historical and quotidian sources yet deliver us anew to the realm of the everyday.

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