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Kyle Simmers is a Calgary based artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of Nowhere. Their work explores identity and relationships in the context of gender, queerness, subjectivity and relativity.

In my portraiture practice I approach subjects as they exist in relationship to another. A person in… Read More
Kyle Simmers is a Calgary based artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of Nowhere. Their work explores identity and relationships in the context of gender, queerness, subjectivity and relativity.

In my portraiture practice I approach subjects as they exist in relationship to another. A person in isolation has no definable qualities, their identity emerges in relationship to other characters, their context and to myself as an observer. I challenge roles in traditional storytelling to emphasize human relationships over humdrum narrative. Similar to how people think that nothing happens in a small town, where that is like saying that nothing happens in a Sophia Coppola Film.

My approach is guided through philosophical and scientific investigation into the phenomenon of identity, the values and beliefs that underpin human activity and the consequences for ourselves. My work uses interactions of digital and traditional media in a search for harmony between the history of making and expanding dematerialization of human experience. Read Less
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