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Mossy Figures Wander Through Woodlands and City Streets in Kim Simonsson’s Flocked Ceramic Sculptures

December 22, 2022

Kate Mothes

A profile view of a ceramic sculpture of a young girl with feathers in her hair, flocked in green to appear like moss.

“Mossgirl with Feathers” (2016), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, feathers, and rope. All images © Kim Simonsson, shared with permission. Photos by Jefunne Gimpel

Some of the most exciting artistic discoveries are the results of accidents or the surprising outcomes of experiments, and artist Kim Simonsson’s series Moss People is the result of one such unexpected twist. Coated with soft flocking—a process of applying very fine fiber to the surface of an object—the large-scale ceramic sculptures were initially layered only with velvety black until a few years ago, when one day, the Finnish sculptor decided to flock one of those pieces with yellow, too. Once the crushed nylon fiber was applied over the black, it turned green, and the verdant figures have since grown into a cornerstone of his practice.

Simonsson draws inspiration from pop culture and Nordic fairytales and folklore, creating expressive, youthful characters who tote rucksacks, wear feathers in their hair, or carry important items like books, radios, or plush toys. For the 2022 Utopia Festival in Lille, France, he created monumental versions from fiberglass that lined a thoroughfare and appeared to wander amongst the passersby, emphasizing tender facial expressions, theatrical scale, and the sense that each individual is on a mission. The artist taps into a playful tension between the spritely energy of youth and the fact that moss naturally grows on hard, unmoving surfaces.

Atmospheric images taken outdoors capture the self-assured figures as they wander through woodland, equipped for an expedition. The most recent characters feature edible greenery and cabbage that grows from their limbs, torsos, and feet, providing both protection and sustenance. By producing and carrying their own food, they are completely autonomous, self-sustaining beings.

Simonsson’s solo exhibition Moss Cabbage People is on view at Galerie NeC in Paris through December 24. Find more of the artist’s work on his website, and follow updates on Instagram.

 

A photograph of ceramic figures that look like they are coated in moss, standing in a dense woodland.

“Moss People in Pine Forest”

A ceramic sculpture of a young girl leaning on a flower, coated in flocking to look like she is covered in moss. She is seated on a pedestal.

“Cabbage Mossgirl Resting” (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, and artificial plant

Two sculptures of young figures made from ceramic that are coated in green flocking to make them look like they are coated in moss.

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

A ceramic sculpture coated in green flocking of a young girl seated inside of a vessel that appears to be covered in the texture of cabbage leaves. The flocking makes the entire sculpture appear to be coated in moss.

“Hiding Place” (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, and epoxy resin

A photograph of a ceramic sculpture coated in green flocking to appear like it is coated in moss. The figure stands in a deforested woodland at sunset.

“Mossboy” (2016), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, feathers, and rope

Two ceramid sculptures of young figures that are coated in green flocking so that they appear to be coated in moss. One has feathers and a long beard obscuring his face; the other is wearing a bonnet and a plush toy on her back.

Left: “Bearded Mossman with Feathers” (2019), ceramics, epoxy resin, nylon fiber, feathers, and rope. Right: “Mossboy With Idol” (2022), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, and soft toy

A photograph in a snowy woodland of a ceramic sculpture that has been coated in green flocking to make it look like it is coated in moss. The sculpture is of a young figure in profile who appears to be walking through the snow.

“Mossboy With Rock” (2017), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, and textile

A profile view of a figurative ceramic sculpture depicting a young girl sitting on top of a muscled bulldog, with a leash made of chains. The sculpture is coated in green flocking to make it appear as though it is coated in moss.

“Moss Princess” (2019), ceramics, nylon fiber, epoxy resin, and chain

Large-scale fiberglass figurines in a street in Lille, France, depicting figures that are coated in green flocking to make them appear as though they are coated in moss. Pedestrians walk down the street and the sculptures are exhibited on large pedestals.

“Remember,” “Friendship,” “Giant Gatherer,” and “Light,” (2022), fiberglass, polyester resin, and nylon fiber. Installed in Lille, France, for Utopia Festival

 

 

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