Humpday Haiku: Jessica Simorte

Anna Buckner

I recently listened to Jessica Simorte’s interview with Studio Break from May of 2015, and she struggled to answer where she was from. Floating between Arizona, Missouri and Europe at an early age, it isn’t surprising that Jessica is interested in place. She repeats motifs throughout her paintings – the grid, leaf-like shapes, paint strokes – that are familiar on their own, but begin to take on their own meaning within her body of work. Like her relationship to home, Jessica’s paintings are simultaneously familiar and ambiguous, reminding me “the awkward transition from the digital to the physical world” represented in Benjamin Cook’s paintings.

Jessica Simorte completed her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2014 and is currently living and working in Houston, TX.  Check out more of her work here:




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