About the Artist
Simone Schiffmacher has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber and has received a BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Fiber and Material Studies. Simone has had her work displayed in group shows at the CICA Museum, Axis Gallery, Arts Benicia, Foundry Art Centre, Ann and Norman Roulet Student +Alumni Gallery, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Five Points Gallery, the Detroit Artist Market, Kaufman Gallery and Reinberger Galleries. Her work has been mentioned in “Simone Schiffmacher – San Antonio,” ““In Place”:The Art pf Revitalizing a Mall and a Community,” “Student Independent Exhibition at Cleveland Institute of Art surpasses last fall’s faculty show” as well as “CIA’s student show departs from conventionality.” She has had artist lectures at Say Si, the Detroit Artist Market, Delta Community College, and Cleveland Museum of Art. Simone has been awarded; Open a New Year Honorable Mention, Cranbrook Academy of Art Scholarship Finalist, the 3th Hal and Cyndy Goodwin Award, Barbra L. Kulhman Foundation Scholarship, the 4th Hal and Cyndy Goodwin Award, as well as the Wenda von Weise ’75 Memorial Scholarship.
I focused on my head injury and the time that surrounded the event. I noticed gaps in my memories. This made me think of the intangibility of time, and this idea inspired a large body of work called Memorial of Memories. I focused on reconstruction memories through various mediums from painting to video. In total all these works expressed the intangibility of memories and the inability to revisit the past exactly as it was.
“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak” – Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati.
What are your “Treasured moments” & how do you connect it to your work?
My head injury as a child might seem like a traumatic memory but this event has shaped me as an individual. While I may struggle with fully remember the event around my injury, I have always cherished the moment I lived. Memories 1 and 2 both focus on photographs of past memories, these beaded images become fuzzy by pixilating the imagery. The action of beading not only effects the image but also focuses on the time put into remembering events. This focus on memories can also be seen in Snap Shot 4 where I attempt to recreate memories through painting. These paintings have no reference images and are purely made through memories, this attempt to reconstruct memories emphasizes the inability to revisit the past exactly as it was..