Before departing for her new job at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sand Diego, UMFA chief curator Jill Dawsey installed salt 4, the latest in a series of contemporary art exhibitions that she initiated in 2010. Salt 4 showcases Xaviera Simmons, a New York City artist who trained as a photographer but whose practice extends into sculpture, performance and video.
In addition to photographic work reflecting on the western landscape, Simmons has installed a site-specific, wall-bound sculpture that consists of scores of pieces of scrap word bearing words and phrases culled from Simmons cultural research. Simmons discusses the installation in this 15 Bytes interview.
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this interview appears in the December 2011 edition of 15 Bytes
The founder of Artists of Utah and editor of its online magazine, 15 Bytes, Shawn Rossiter has undergraduate degrees in English, French and Italian Literature and studied Comparative Literature in graduate school before pursuing a career in art.