Moss people, incredible sculptures by Kim Simonsson

Kim Simonsson

  At first glance the five instalments appear cute and childlike, yet upon closer inspection the scenes have an evil side.

Finnish sculptor Kim Simonsson’s latest ceramic sculptures are not to be missed. Named after a gardener’s worst nightmare, the ‘Moss people’ are a combination of children and their forest friends. Brightly coloured green with clumps of nylon flock resembling ‘moss’ growing out of them, the sculptures leave much to be questioned. Who are they and how did they get there? The display exudes a certain Alice in Wonderland charm mixed with the enchantment of a Nordic fairy tale that really transports the observer back to childhood.

Kim Simonsson

Inspiration for the figures is supposedly taken from Western and Eastern pop culture, as well of course, Norse mythology. According to such folklore, the ‘moss people’ refers to those, specifically eleven girls, who lived in moss covered areas in the forest.  At first glance the five installments appear cute and childlike, yet upon closer inspection the scenes have an evil side. One girl befriending a reindeer is actually eating the animal instead of kissing it. Another seems to be talking to a two-headed rabbit whilst a woman sleeps surrounded by ghosts of the eleven moss girls.

Unlike Simonsson’s previous smooth, sleek sculptures, the moss people appear more personal as signs of handprints show the artist’s craftsmanship. Such impressions manifest the artist’s interpretation that the sculptures have been there for quite some time. Simonsson expresses his thoughts behind his art, saying that ‘nothing that is alive stays static long enough to grow moss, but a ceramic statue is frozen in a situation’.

Visit the Jason Jacques gallery in New York to see the intriguing moss people up close.

Kim Simonsson

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