Closeup of tropical plants lit by pink LED lights.

Moths to a flame, butterflies to a sunbeam, caterpillars to a leaf (2024) is an installation by hybrid artist Maria Simmons. The installation consists of the artist’s own vehicle, plants, grow lights, and video. Viewers are invited to enter into the vehicle’s backseat in order to watch the videos playing on headrest monitors and think about their relationships to nostalgia, memory, and plants.


About the artist

Maria Simmons is a Guelph-based artist who investigates potentialized environments through the creation of sculpture and installation. Her work embraces contamination as an act of collaboration. She collects garbage, grows yeast, ferments plants, and nurtures fruit flies. She makes art that eats itself. She holds an MFA from the University of Waterloo and a BFA from McMaster University.