“I am a multidisciplinary artist. My work varies from painting, drawing, and collage; to photography, video, sound, sculptural objects, and installation. I design and build everything by hand. Running parallel to my studio practice is also a back-end production of projects that seek to create a dialogue, to connect, and to involve the broader community.

I have strong multi-cultural influences assimilated through living in an endless list of homes stretching from Italy, Germany, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic, to Atlanta, Wisconsin, New Orleans, New York, Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Tampa and Miami, Florida. Always leaving, and always arriving, would turn me into an outsider in any new culture, and as well, an outsider at home.

My aesthetic process emerged with the mechanisms of acceptance, interconnectedness, and exploration, informed by the complexity of multiple centers with multiple peripheries that shaped my identity and the meaning of place. Today my work is motivated by the dynamic relationships between shapes, form, and color resulting from a spontaneous integration of the known and the unknown. I’m interested in the interplay of dimensions when flat works include three-dimensional parts and multi-dimensional works are strongly directed by flat patterns and lines, where the actual arrangement takes prime importance. I like to view the elements in conversation with each other, mixing and mingling structures and fluidity, one encroaching on the other, rendering boundaries indiscernible.

I begin working by layering, overlapping, and binding things together, then I tear them apart to see what’s revealed. My work appears both abstract and referential. The process is like weaving together and then peeling back layers of skin overlapped by memory, place, and experience.” – Alette Simmons-Jimenez

Rocking Chair Sessions

Maria Theresa Barbist and Elysa D. Batista are both locally based South Florida artists that collaborate as the BABA COLLECTIVE. They originally met at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood, FL during their individual artist residencies in 2016.

The idea of the BABA COLLECTIVE was born when in discussion of the diversity of artists that were found at the BAC, and other institutions in Miami, they realized the lack of archives providing the ability to access interviews of these individuals. Thus RCS: ROCKING CHAIRS SESSIONS was created. A publicly accessible forum where one could find individual recordings describing the professions, media, and life of South Florida based creatives.

Launching their collaborative endeavor in 2017, the BABA COLLECTIVE seeks to amass a window into the lives and process of SoFla based professionals in the arts.