When I look at her work, I am reminded of Caspar David Friedrich's "Sea of Ice" painting of 1823-24. Simonson, like Friedrich, overwhelms the viewer with the vision of geologic history and nature. However, her work looks closely at the structure of the landscape and the ice. Strata of ice leads the viewer to a story that is as old as time, and is still being told. Simonson uses oil and ultraviolet pigment that brings the viewer to the Antarctic with her. Simonson's paintings are abstract, but so are strata and geologic time. So the work, deceives the viewer in thinking of an abstraction when the view is clear. The colors are vibrant and alive with depth. Simonson combines both science and art to address both the past and present. Simonson takes abstraction to another level where landscape, time, and the environment become a vision of beauty and mystery. This is an excellent show.
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