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Moss People by Kim Simonsson Wander Around Woodlands

Pulling inspiration from mainstream culture as well as Nordic fairytales and folklore, this Finnish artist's work is a must-see.

By: THURSD. | 26-01-2023 | 3 min read
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Kim Simonsson's Flocked Ceramic Sculptures feature mossy figures wandering through woodlands and city streets giving eerie but curious greenish human-like figures. Made of diverse materials, Simonsson expresses his art through her creative process and passion behind greens and ceramics.

Kim Simonsson's Mossy Experimentation 

Some of the most fascinating artistic discoveries are the consequences of accidents or unexpected outcomes of research, and artist Kim Simonsson's 'Moss People' series is one such unexpected twist. The large-scale ceramic sculptures were first coated with velvety black flocking—a process of adding very fine fiber to the surface of an object—until a few years ago when the Finnish sculptor chose to flock one of those works with yellow as well.

 

Mossy people series by Kim Simonsson
Moss People in Pine Forest

 

What gives his work the genius, daunting, and creative perspective is the crushed nylon fiber and the verdant forms that have since become a staple of his work.

 

Kim Simonssons mossy people figures
Hiding Place (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, and epoxy resin.

 

Moss People Based on Nordic Fairytales

Simonsson draws inspiration from pop culture as well as Nordic fairytales and mythology to create expressive, youthful characters that carry rucksacks, feathers in their hair, or crucial goods like books, radios, or soft toys. He constructed massive fiberglass versions that lined a thoroughfare and looked to wander amongst the visitors for the 2022 Utopia Festival in Lille, France, stressing delicate facial expressions, theatrical grandeur, and the idea that each figure is on a mission.

 

Kim Simonsson Finnish artist creates mossy people sculptures
Left: “Mossgirl With Broken Stereo (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, cassette stereo, rope, and artificial flowers.
Right: Cabbage Mossboy Reading (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, and epoxy resin.

 

Kim Simonsson's Moss People series exploits a humorous conflict between the vivacious energy of youth and the reality that moss grows naturally on hard, immovable surfaces.

Mossy People Wandering Around Woodlands

Outdoor atmospheric photographs capture the confident figures as they walk through the woods, fully dressed for an adventure. The most current figures have edible plants and cabbage growing from their limbs, torsos, and feet, offering protection as well as sustenance. They are entirely autonomous, self-sustaining beings since they produce and transport their own food.

 

Mossy people in woodlands created by Kim Simonsson
Mossboy (2016), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, feathers, and rope.

 

For Kim Simonsson HIs Sculpting Abilities Started as a Kid

Kim Simonsson discovered his ability to sculpt many years ago. He was simply a little boy playing in his backyard with the snow. Kim carved a Donald Duck while the other boys his age rolled snowmen. He has had a three-dimensional vision from a young age. Kim's interests outside of snow sculpting include soccer and history.

The neighborhood soccer field was converted into an art studio, yet his sculpting is alive with stories and history. Kim Simonsson's hands mold the ancient material into life-size sculptures of animals and children. He blends innocence with an unusual agenda. Although his method is classic, the manner he imbues the material with spirit is unique.

 

Kim Simmonsons moss sculptures
Cabbage Mossgirl Resting (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, and artificial plant

 

Find more of the artist’s work on his website!

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