Kirsten Rae Simonsen

NEW WORK (more coming soon)

The Spectacle, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and gesso on watercolor paper, 2015, 12" x 16"


For much of my childhood, my parents rented a summer house near the Wisconsin border for the winter. When the city owners came back from Chicago every summer to use the house, we were displaced for three months. By age ten I had been to over 35 states and had visited Europe and the Middle East. I always felt at home and not at home simultaneously in various locations. My work reflects this nomadic lifestyle and the search for home. I am interested in the built environment, utopias and dystopias, architectural displacement, nostalgia, colonial narratives, and the promises of the suburban and pastoral fantasies. The carnivalesque and a deep interest in narrative, especially folk tales and fairy tales, also inform my work. I currently live in Honolulu, once again "displaced" and yet at home in a place not quite North America, not quite Asia. You can see more of my work at: and on Instagram: @behomebeforedark.