“Simone Douglas’s photographic work asks important questions as does all important art. Some of these are absolutely fundamental questions. For example: What is light (‘photo’)? And what are signs (‘graphs’)? Or: do you believe what you see? Or do you see what you believe? And why, how, when do you see, if you see? And even further: What, if it exists, is the relationship between watching, looking, seeing, viewing, envisioning, perceiving and on and on…
Simone Douglas is an intelligent, serious and engaged artist, what you find in her work are not answers but improved and more expansive questions…”
Professor Michael Erlhoff, 2006.
Born in Sydney, Australia.
Lives and works in New York City, USA.
Trained at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW and at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, Douglas currently holds the position of Director MFA Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design, The New School, New York City. She has also been on faculty for institutions including: Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney; the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW and the National Art School, Sydney.
Since the 1990’s, Simone Douglas’s work has incorporated an intense engagement with the Australian interior. Although based in New York, she travels to Australia multiple times a year to make her work. Her practice incorporates installation, photography, video and site-specific works.
Simone Douglas has an extensive international career and her works have been exhibited and published widely from Australia, Europe, China and New Zealand. Her works are held in the collection of the V&A Museum (London), the Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney) and the National Gallery Of Victoria (Melbourne). In addition, her work has also been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Photographers Gallery (London) and curated into international exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), The Ian Potter Centre for Contemporary Art (Melbourne), and The Australian Embassy (Washington DC).
Simone was also a project director and curator for Picture Sydney: landmarks of a new generation at the Australian Museum, has been a guest scholar at Köln International School of Design, initiated the international art and design collective Conjecture, and served on the Board of Directors at Firstdraft Gallery (Sydney).
Simone Douglas’ work has also been shown as part of the Pingyao International Photography Festival, in China (2010; 2014). In 2016 she was invited to curate the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Simone is currently working on a large scale installation project, entitled Promise, to be exhibited in regional Australia in 2017/18.