Elizabeth Simonson

Elizabeth Simonson makes complex and beautiful sculptures and installations that mimic molecular structures, complex natural organisms and three-dimensional mathematical systems. Using everyday materials including beads, wire, tape, fishing line, and office supplies, she transforms mere stuff into meditations on natural process.

“I am inspired by the challenge of doing something with machine-like precision while knowing that the fallibility of the human condition will come into play, creating unpredictable and complex beauty.”

This native Twin Cities artist, once a professional dancer, is the recipient of the 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award, and a 2011-12 McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship. A new work is currently featured at the Walker Art Center in 75 Gifts for 75 Years. Simonson also created a lobby installation at the Walker in 2011 and was included in Ordinarily Here, 2010, at the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota.

  • Elizabeth Simonson

    Elizabeth Simonson installing Instar at the Walker Art Center, 2011

  • Titawae

    Elizabeth Simonson
    Titawae, 2013
    Mixed media

  • Instar (detail)

    Elizabeth Simonson
    Instar (detail)
    Mixed media