This Is How Lorna Simpson Makes a Painting

Soundlessness is on view at Salon 94's Bowery location.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness (2016). Courtesy of the artist.
Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness (2016). Courtesy of the artist.

American artist Lorna Simpson first unleashed her forays into painting at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. This fall, the works reappear in New York, where they’ll be holding court at Salon 94‘s Bowery location starting September 8.

In both content and form, the images themselves are natural progressions for the artist, as they incorporate familiar elements of photography and ink wash. According to press literature, Simpson selected her images for these collage works from the archives of the Associated PressJet, and Ebony. Right in the center of her nine-panel configuration for Soundlessness (2016), for instance, are mirror images of a woman in a white dress ascending and descending a helical staircase.

On the occasion of her exhibition, the artist shared her process of executing Soundlessness with artnet News, offering her own words and images documenting the creation, the step-by-step. See the piece transform and finally emerge in the images below.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> 2016 (mockup in progress). Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness 2016 (mockup in progress). Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson: A silkscreen of the image.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

LS: Rearrangement of the panels.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

LS: Taping to apply ink.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness in progress (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

LS: Interim moment.

Lorna Simpson, <em>Soundlessness</em> (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

Lorna Simpson, Soundlessness (2016). Courtesy of James Wang via the artist and Salon 94.

LS: Completed.

Lorna Simpson” is on view at Salon 94, 243 Bowery, New York; September 8–October 22,2016.


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