“The majority of my photographic series display my interest in the landscape and in nature. Born and raised in rural Norfolk, England, I moved to Texas in the late 1960s.
“This work reflects my interest in the history of the landscape, and landscape as a container for memory. Informed by Buddhist philosophy, I often juxtapose elements that suggest the symbiotic coexistence of the conscious and the unconscious, permanence and transience. My photographs speak to the duality of human experience by presenting the world as a complex mélange of objects and ideas where unlikely juxtapositions and the past and the present coexist.
“Two series are represented here. The Happisburgh Project, deals with the history of a place in England I know intimately and have been visiting since before I can remember. In 2013 footprints were discovered in ancient clay beds and proved to be evidence of some of the oldest human occupation outside of Africa.
“The other images in this exhibition are from a project I shot in Andalucia, Spain, called Beauty and Blood. I became fascinated with the Moorish and Christian cultures that have co-existed in this ancient landscape and the images reference both these cultures, sometimes in one image.”
— Trish Simonite
Trish Simonite was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and recently retired as a Professor Emerita from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, where she taught photography and digital art. She and her husband have raised three talented children all of whom are lens-based artists.
Her still life and landscape photographs have been exhibited in group and solo shows in Europe and throughout the United States. Her work has been published in books and magazines including An Introduction to the Art of Photography, by Katie Stern, and in Zoom Magazine. Collections holding her work include: The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Photography Collection at the University of Texas in Austin; the Peter Palmquist Collection of Women Photographers, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, Connecticut; the San Antonio Museum of Art; and the Linda Pace Collection in San Antonio, Texas.
She recently completed a large scale commissions with her daughter, Francesca Simonite, for University Health System Hospital’s Women’s & Children’s Tower in San Antonio, Texas. They designed four floors of photo-based artwork that will be installed in corridors and patient rooms. The project will be finished in 2023.