MFA 2017, Oxford Campus
Studio Art (Printmaking)

Penelope: from the Ulysses Project, 2019
Cast bronze
4 x 9 x 13 1/2 inches

Penelope: from the Ulysses Project, 2019

Brief Biography

Billy Simms is an artist, educator, and curator. He holds degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (BA in Theatrical Design, 1984), Johns Hopkins University (MS in Special Education, 1999), and Miami University (MFA in Studio Art, 2017). He works as the Western Center coordinator for the Western Program at Miami University, adjuncts for Miami University’s department of Art, and teaches at the Fitton Center in Hamilton, Ohio. He lives in Hamilton with his wife and four cats.

Artist Statement

This sculpture is a portrait of the character of Molly Bloom from the novel Ulysses by James Joyce. It is from an ongoing series of pieces that I am making in various mediums that are inspired by Joyce’s novel. The title of the piece, Penelope, is the title of the final chapter of the book in which we read Molly Bloom’s stream of consciousness monologue.

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