SARAH MCRAE MOR­TON

American Art Collector - - Contents - Robert Lange Stu­dios 2 Queen Street • Charleston, SC 29401 • (843) 805-8052 • www.robert­langes­tu­dios.com KERRY SIM­MONS

Carousel of Life and Death

The past few years have been an ad­ven­ture for Kerry Sim­mons, in which she has be­gun to mix her own egg tem­pera paints. In a solo show at Robert Lange Stu­dios ti­tled Wild, Sim­mons will show­case works in the new medium, as well as works in oil.

For this body of work, Sim­mons took heed from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden: Or, Life in the Woods, in which he wrote “We need the tonic of wild­ness. At the same time that we are earnest to ex­plore and learn all things, we re­quire that all things be mys­te­ri­ous and un­ex­plorable.”

To cap­ture the im­age in Stage, Sim­mons and her niece ven­tured into an aban­doned home. “My niece is tran­si­tion­ing into ado­les­cence, but she’s still got the un­self­con­scious­ness of a child,” Sim­mons says. “She was just run­ning around in her bathing suit and wa­ter shoes, and I got her to pause for a few mo­ments and let me pho­to­graph her. I love the jux­ta­po­si­tion. She’s in this crum­bling house, com­ing into her own, and she’s on a stage for all to see.”

Nest was the first paint­ing Sim­mons com­pleted in egg tem­pera, and as such, it is a par­tic­u­lar point of pride. It fea­tures a woman with a shock of white hair piled up around her head like a nest. “The last few years I have been very taken with Flem­ish and North­ern Re­nais­sance paint­ing, and wanted to see if I could re-cre­ate some of the un­earthly glow and de­tail,” she says. Egg tem­pera dries quickly and can be lay­ered end­lessly. The re­sult, an amal­ga­ma­tion of dozens of lay­ers, brings a satiny sheen to the im­age.

Wild opens at Robert Lange Stu­dios on De­cem­ber 7, with a re­cep­tion from 5 to 8 p.m., and re­mains on view through De­cem­ber 21.

1Demilune, oil on panel, 8 x 16"

2One Year Later, oil on panel, 8 x 6"

4Roar, egg tem­pera on panel, 16 x 20"5Stage, egg tem­pera on panel, 12 x 16"

3Nest, egg tem­pera, 6 x 8"

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