Luzia Simons, Stockage 113, Scannogramme, light jet print on diasec, 180x127cm
Luzia Simons was born in 1953 in Quixadá, Brazil and lives in Berlin. She first studied history until 1978 and then Fine Arts at the Sorbonne University in Paris from 1984 to 1986.
In Luzia Simons work, the floral still life takes on a multi-layered cultural and socio-political statement. For one, the artist studies the history of the tulip, which became an important symbol of identification in both the Orient and the Occident. Taken from this historical context, the tulip becomes a metaphor for cross-cultural identity, social mobility and globalization for Luzia Simons.
Today many people encounter life similar to how the tulip came to Europe from Asia, changed through cultivation, and then returned in a new form: they travel, change and are rooted in more than one place at the same time. This results in having more than one place to call home and having new structures blending with old ones. A complex, international self-image develops, which gives the concept of 'identity' a whole new meaning. With the 'nomad' tulip, the artist questions the roots of the individual in modern times. What makes us feel at home, what creates an identity?
Her flower photographs are not traditional photographs. Luzia Simons arranges her flowers on her modified scanner, which allows for microscopically exact reproductions of the flowers where they lay directly on the glass. Where there are no points of contact with and a greater distance from the glass, the results remain an abstract blur. The mostly large-format paintings are predominantly characterized by their extraordinary colour and spatial depth.
In addition to these scanograms Luzia Simons also makes large-scale, site-specific installations. Her works can be found worldwide in many private and public collections.
NOTE: The catalogue- book LUZIA SIMONS will be released in April with texts of Mathias Harder and Hans-Olaf Henkel, DISTANZ Publishing House; Presentation at the Art Cologne 2012.