The alliterative grouping of works Seep I & II, Spill I & II, and Slick I & II reference oil spills, recreated by Simms in minute soft stitched form. Inspired by a 2010 photograph of globs of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and made from vintage blankets and embroidery cotton, Slick I & II unnervingly resemble the contours of Antarctic pancake ice. Spill I & II are based on an aerial photograph of oily black waves sliding up a Louisiana beach. "I was surprised by how effective the black thread looks on the cream blanket," Simms states. "Much prettier than real tar balls on the sand." This tension, between the domestic and docile qualities of Simms' materials and the harshness of her themes, is the precarious terrain in which her work is located.
Meliors Simms is a Hamilton based artist.