Contemporary artist Simone Douglas works across photography, video, sculpture and site-specific installations. Since the late 1990s Douglas has dedicated her practice to observing and revealing the way light activates the land and the sky. Her work re-examines the sublime, memory and time, and questions the visual tensions between “seeing” and “perceiving,” and between darkness and light. Professor Michael Erlhoff, writes: “Simone Douglas, indeed, tries to find visions within the impossible images, she is permanently questioning the reality of views, destabilizing any residual belief in the reliability of sight by envisioning the visual...” 1
Predominantly known for her photographic work, Douglas has also dedicated her practice to land art. Continuing her commitment to an engagement with the landscape and ideas about site, her current work Ice Boat serves as a poetic symbol of reparation - a passionate inducement for considering the origins of culture. The ice sculpture will be installed directly into the desert regions in Australia. As the ice boat melts, following the arc of the sun, it leaves behind a “trace” of water, a shadow of traveling light. And as the water returns life to the land, it reveals the after burn of native wild flowers. The visual poeticism of a boat emerging from the land and returning to the land, indirectly, it carries a powerful reference to a cyclical movement, a motion always in a state of becoming.
Douglas’ work was recently exhibited alongside leading contemporary photographic artists including, William Henry Fox Talbot, May Ray, Låszló Moholy- Nagy, Christian Marclay, Thomas Ruff, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, in Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph, curated by Geoffrey Batchen at the Lovett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand. She has been curated into important international exhibitions including, Recent Acquisitions for the Photography Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Aberrations, The Photographers Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Sites of Knowledge, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, United States; Antipodean Emanations: Cameraless Photographs from Australia and New Zealand, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia; Portrait of my Mother, Galerie Matisse, Institute François, London, United Kingdom; Sequester, Australian Embassy Gallery, Washington DC, United States; Sun to Sun, Christopher Bucklow & Simone Douglas. Artereal, Rozelle, Australia; Light Works, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Stand in Landscape, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; Sight Seeing, CAFA Gallery, Beijing, China; Minimal, The Australian Centre For Photography, Sydney, Australia; Photography & Place, Australian landscape photography 1970’s Until Now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography!, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.
Her work has been featured in international contemporary anthologies and in major publications including, ArtForum, Conveyor, Blind Spot, Photofile, Art + Australia, Creative Camera and (not only) black + white. Her collections include: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; New South Wales Department of Education, Sydney, Australia; State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
In 2016 Douglas was invited to be the first international (artist) Curator for the Auckland Festival and curated Home a year-long artist led curatorial project. She was Project Director and Curator on behalf of the Getty Conservation Institute and the Australian Museum for Picture Sydney: landmarks of a new generation at the Australian Museum, and was subsequently invited to curate the international exhibition Landmarks of a New Generation (Sydney, L.A, Mexico City, Berlin, London, Cape Town) for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Art Festival.
 Erlhoff, Professor Dr. Michael, Blind Visions (essay), Sky of the Skies, pub. Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia