“Life imitates Artwork excess of Artwork imitates Life” Oscar Wilde famously opined in his often-misquoted 1889 essay,  The Decay of Mendacity. Nonetheless, the sharpness of that line turns into blurred when it is drawn by the inventive arms of Simon Evans™, the inventive collaboration between Simon Evans and Sarah Lannan.

Collectively, the New York-based artists create dense text-based collages brimming with poetic handwritten phrases, drawings, and pictures.

Their new version, This American Dollhouse, 2023, depicts a cross-section of the artists’ Brooklyn house as half theater, half real-life dollhouse. As one strikes from the highest ground to the decrease ranges, the veneer of cleanliness and order progressively erodes.

The one determine on this scene–concurrently villainous and heroic–stands within the kitchen alone with arms outstretched, crying out expressively. Whereas sure objects level to the artists specifically- for example the artworks reproduced of their basement studio, and the chess set in the lounge–these areas characterize a common expertise: the every day and recurring patterns of life and domesticity, metropolis dwelling, and our fraught relationship with materials belongings.

To coincide with the launch of the version which you should purchase right here; we despatched Simon and Sarah a handful of questions in regards to the work. Beneath are the solutions they despatched us again.


SIMON EVANS™ – This American Dollhouse, 2023

Copperplate intaglio printed in graphite ink with silkscreen, chine collé, and hand-drawn and painted additions on paper. 

Paper measurement: 28 1/2 x 22 in; 72.4 x 55.9 cm Version of 35 plus 5 artist’s proofs 

What does this picture imply to you and what ought to folks search for in it? It’s a creative rendering of a toy of an precise house in America. 

What have been the themes and parts that went into the unique work the version springs from? Lockdown Richard Hamilton however not locked in by it.

We hear you’ve enhanced parts for the version with collage, are you able to inform us a little bit about that? We tried to take care of sure issues of printmaking regarding the picture in our learnt methods which made sense bodily, visually and conceptually to us. 


Sarah Lannan and Simon Evans with four-legged good friend – {photograph} by Kristine Larsen

Are you able to inform us about among the ‘excessive’ and ‘center’ forehead tradition objects scattered round the home, and is it a illustration of your dwelling area or is there one thing else occurring? Props from a play known as This American Life (just like the radio present) Louis Poulsen lights, Alvar Aalto stool ‘Victor Vasarely/ Bridget Riley-style’ desk); the banana peel on the steps for the Velvet Underground and John Peel and common slapstick;the Amazon supply field for billionaires in outer area; the Hulk Halloween costume from the DC multiverse; futurist incense holder for fascist ideas; a small jewellery field which accommodates Jimi Hendrix’s precise fingerpick; a short historical past of time by Stephen Hawking on the bedside desk; the rainbow flag as a stack of folded garments; traditional American flag mattress backdrop for fucking with; yoga mat and laptop computer for yoga lessons; Adderall tablet and aspirin on toilet ground; good luck golden Yoda; safety digital camera within the bed room; stolen ball assortment for Tom Friedman; New York Citi Bike within the basement with Nice Gatsby and a laser disc; and a flat earth towards a wall, and a Tutankhamun demise masks print out.

How do you view editions, do they play an element in your wider follow? No however sure please.

The place is your work going and what are you working in the direction of for the time being? Proper now we’re making two Barbie Silver Dream Corvettes so we will get away from right here. We’re going to unknown areas, hopefully higher ones.

Do you accumulate artwork or editions your self, if that’s the case, what have you ever acquired lately? We’ve got issues by mates in our house. We nonetheless benefit from the moveable museum of artwork books.

Learn extra about and buy the Simon Evans™ American Dollhouse version right here. 

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