Born in 1974 in Helsinki, Finland. Lives and works in Fiskars, Finland
Kim Simonsson creates ceramic-based sculptures in response to his immediate work environments. With influences from Nordic fairy tales, ancient mythology, manga, computer games, and religious imagery, Simonsson’s figurative works of childlike beings, fawn, and other doe-eyed creatures with vaguely alien expressions exhibit a rebellious independence that contrasts with their outwardly innocent appearances. The figures assume camouflaged surfaces of gold, mirrored chrome, and flocked verdant nylon fibers, blending and adapting into their environments. Carrying few items — at most a rucksack or an animal companion — Simonsson’s nomads are at home wherever they happen to find themselves, their seemingly peaceful acceptance of circumstances exuding a calming example for an anxious world.