Jessica Simmons was born in Providence, RI. She is an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). She received her BA from Brown University with a double concentration in Visual Arts and the History of Art and Architecture, and has studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Pont Aven, France. She has worked on editions for artists such as Mel Bochner, Tom Friedman, and Ellen Gallagher at Two Palms Press in Manhattan. Before relocating to Chicago, Jessica was a the Assistant to the Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In summer of 2014, Simmons was an international artist-in-residence at proyecto 'ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Personal Statement

Os Innominatum

Os innominatum,
of the bone
on the beach

inveterate scars
bare resemblance
to no known objects

baron barrenness
the shapeless
extended finger

lobes and toes,
passive matter
vast, trunkless

a bereft mound
of living pillars

the unbearable

take splice
takes place

we wove in amnesia
—a cozy suffocation

a requiem
of hollow peels,
more seed than line

blade cut, bonded
cinders, embers nourish
tongue's lip


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