FOLDING POEMS 2011- 2017

7 15/16” X 7 15/16”
Folded dimensions:
4 7/8” X  4 7/8”

Jellify 
3 views: front, back and folded


Secret Alias


The idea for these folding poems originally appeared to me in a dream. I visualized poetry and painting in a template that would be foldable in multiple directions, allowing the reader to rearrange the words and images in acrobatic combinations. The language becomes more abstract as the poems are folded and new meanings emerge from the unintentional synchronicities of different word configurations.
The writing itself was channeled through a trance state, a practice I started in the 1980s. The words are hand-lettered and juxtaposed with abstract patterns painted in gouache on paper.

My performance of a folding poem "Elongated Muffled Afternoon" can be viewed on Vimeo:



 Toy Mirage


     

Wakeup Call






BOOKS



Earth After Earth 





Lunar Chandelier Press, 2012, 60 pp
with 25 illustrations

available from  SPD  @ 15 dollars



Toni Simon’s Earth After Earth, like classic apocalyptic writing, not only offers oblique prophecies of what’s to come, but captures the present, through the perspective of its alchemical, twilight language and dreamlike art.  This verbal/visual text portrays a midnight world full of psychic threat yet how beautiful its demons and angels, its “forest people”, “clairvoyant asteroids” and other denizens appear as they glow fiercely within its Dantesque, black lit landscapes. The end may be nigh, but it’s sublime
--Jerome Sala

In her little book Earth After Earth Toni Simon has created a universe that quietly reveals itself, as when in the solitude of dreaming we fracture emotions into condensed images and wake to interpret them, only to find that they've already changed shape. Each sentence is a revelation, as when in the mind of reading we imagine sentences forming that take us to another place. When mind, time, and eyes converge at a point of knowing then you can be sure that "even in the dark we know ourselves to be inhabited."
--Kristin Prevallet

Earth After Earth is an enigmatic prose poetry text which resonates with classic sci-fi futurism and oddness, yet when attended to closely, provokes and informs us by imagining the alternative realities of an altered present. Earth After Earth proposes that the other place and time is poetry--explored to the imaginal limits. Earth After Earth is illustrated with Toni Simon’s quixotic black and white drawings which figure as portholes to a dream.
—Kim Lyons


Surreal new-sentence prescient-sci-fi psychedelia
--Nada Gordon (Third Factory/Notes to Poetry 2012)







Contradicta: Aphorisms
by Nick Piombino
Green Integer, 2010, 167pp
With over 80 illustrations by Toni Simon
available from SPD  @ $12.95

PAINTINGS






Motherboard Series
2015-2016
gouache on paper 
14"X 11"



Pegasus Motherboard


Snake 
Motherboard


Outsider 
Motherboard




Mayan Motherboard






Butterfly Motherboard



Red Mountain Motherboard


River Motherboard


Pompeii Motherboard



Dancing Motherboard


Hieroglyphic Motherboard





 Flowering Motherboard


Planet Motherboard





Green Motherboard


Ocean Palace Motherboard



Gothic Motherboard


Subway Motherboard


Self-portrait Motherboard



Motherboard Garden



Art Deco Motherboard



Digital Narcissism



Nile Motherboard



Calligraphic Motherboard




Spring Motherboard



India Motherboard


Motherboard Series 

In my paintings I have always been inspired by the beauty of machinery's mysterious complexity, and by the pataphysical and fantastical machines of early modernism. Now, in the digital age, I am enchanted by the implicit abstract beauty of circuit boards and by the variety of interrelated shapes and patterns all adapted to fit the rectangular background of the board. I am fascinated by the connectors, like bridges, that carry information between the components. Each geometric shape represents an electronic function, yet, except for their designers, few other individuals understand those functions.

My imaginary motherboards are hybrids that incorporate fragments of elements from circuits and motherboards. These elements are combined with art from the past, thus linking past and present, and pointing to the future.

Metaphorical machines might encompass imaginary processes that can enable us to communicate with the ancient Mayans, Egyptians, and Romans, or with the afterlife, in the hidden realms that ordinarily elude our conscious awareness.   
gouache on rice paper
13 1/2" X 13 1/2"



                      

constellation1




constellation2




constellation3































detail











gouache on clayboard









                   
Miniatures                       
gouache on paper
6 1/2" X 4 1/2"








































Museum  8.5X 11"