All my life I’ve looked at visual art reproduced in books and exhibited in museums, and I acknowledge that my work quite naturally reflects this exposure. At the same time, I appreciate the fact that, except for taking two courses in photography in my 20s, I’m not schooled in art. By consciously rejecting artistic conventions and criticism, I access—and stand in awe of—the mysterious and fathomless place where intuition and imagination abide, the wellspring of creativity.

To eliminate the possibility that descriptive titles would bias the viewer’s response to these images, I identify them by number only. I invite you to approach these paintings in the same spirit in which they were created—with openness and curiosity.

—Thordis Niela Simonsen

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