With extreme insight into subjects that address racial stereotypes in history and pop culture, Simmons creates extraordinary works with simple materials. Simmons is best known for his magnificent, expansive erasure drawings, which are executed in white chalk on slate-painted panels or walls, then smeared and smudged by the artist's hands. Simmons's earliest works presented blatant racially stereotypical images that he appropriated from popular visual culture. In recent works he uses imagery that carries multiple suggestions of meaning, but that continues to address personal and collective experiences of race and class. The act of erasure plays a central role in Simmons's work as a gesture of protest or critique. He does not attempt to completely eradicate his drawn images, but leaves their traces as signifiers of remembrance and persistence.