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Kim Simonsson: Alien Innocence
by Stefanie Bickel

Finnish artist Kim Simonsson speaks of finding his calling when he discovered ceramic. He describes its extreme variability and diversity of forms as a sort of paradise that allows him to exploit his artistic potential. The first work he created in this material was in the style of a common ceramic living room ornament—a dog. Traditionally, canines have been used to represent loyalty and friendship, and when their breed is exclusive or rare, they convey status. The dogs in Simonsson’s work are almost all greyhounds, a sensitive and fragile breed valued for speed. He is fascinated by their extreme forms and individual beauty. In contrast to the often colorful and faithfully watching living room dog sculptures, Simonsson’s first greyhound is white, decidedly larger (almost two meters long), and portrayed just at the moment that he’s “going about his business.” Put plainly, the dog is about to take a dump; however, the sculpture is presented without any pile of poop. (Would it also be white?)

Phantgirl I, 2006, Ceramic, glass, bondo, and car paint, 105 x 80 x 60 cm.

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