Michael Anthony Simon
I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I moved to Chicago and received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After a year working in the art field in Chicago, I moved to Gwangju, South Korea where I continued my art practice and taught painting and drawing at Chosun University. In the fall of 2016 I became legally blind due to a hereditary condition called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and began my slow transition back to the U.S. In December of 2017 I became a full time resident. Although my condition has presented obstacles, my art making practice is as focused, if not more focused, than it ever was.
My multi-disciplinary practice seeks to embrace the harmony of contradictions and addresses the multi-faceted and ever changing nature of experience, belief, and the environment. My work is often meticulous and always deliberate, with specific formal decisions made about process, material, scale, color, lighting, and application. Optically flattening dimensional objects, painting a flat pictorial image to seem dimensional, and fusing natural objects such as plants and spider webs with manufactured materials are a few of the process driven approaches I incorporate to convey an aesthetic representation of the dichotomy inherent in my work. At its essence, my work suggests a level of comfort in acknowledging that understanding is never fixed.