In my practice I am interested in the fluidity of photography’s identity as both an art form and philosophical tool.
I work with figurative imagery because, like photographs, the processes of cultural legibility associated with body are always transforming and constantly in flux.
I experiment with many different technical and material approaches in my image-making process as a methodology to understand how cultural images, ideas, and assumptions are reproduced, re-enacted, and internalized in minds and bodies.
At the same time, in using pre-existing frames, I wonder what is possible in the context of taking broken ceramic shards and re-arranging them over and over again until I finally see my life's experience in the form of material culture that will long out-tick my biological clock.
"What does it feel like?" he asks me, earnestly.
Echoing, like a crystal bell in the middle of a blinding winter's day:
"What does transparency keep obscure?"
Simko’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including The Vizcaya Museums and Gardens, The Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko is a 2018 recipient of the Van Deren Coke Fellowship in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Simko holds an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, as well as a BFA in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art.