Alexis Simoneau-zimet

Alexis Simoneau is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada, who specializes in oil paintings. Having spent the majority of her childhood in Reston, Virginia, much of her existence became consumed by unsupervised screen time.

From free online anime games to obscure blogs about mythical creatures, Alexis unknowingly began creating both digital and mental archives of web-based imagery. By the time she completed her BFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she had settled on a practice that merged her fascination with the digital realm and her methodical, processed-based approach to painting. All of her paintings are derived from photoshop collages, which evoke a sense of nostalgia for pop art and the internet culture of the early 2000s.

The selected 3 paintings can be seen as analog regurgitations of sourceless online imagery. Objects, patterns, and symbols have been compiled in order to create a serene moment in digital time. Fluorescent gradient backgrounds mimic the illuminated screen in which we lose ourselves on a day-to-day basis. Floating flowers and staircases, porcelain beer cans, and grid-like structures appear upon the liminal space of the canvas—like images slowly loading as they populate a web page. The images are vague yet familiar—unable to be situated within a certain time and place, yet creating new possibilities for a virtual utopia.