In following with my hero, artist Louise Bourgeois, I think that it is important to make work that speaks of one’s experience. It is from this position that we can face individual challenges that shape our singular lives while simultaneously addressing societal concerns that are more sweeping and expansive. In my interdisciplinary image-making practice, I address the cultural assumption that identities and bodies are intrinsically related to one another. Stemming from my experience as a male-presenting queer-identified person, my work is about the slippage that occurs when outward appearances of body do not correlate to inner essences of identity. I use photography as the foundation of all my work because it parallels this tension, reflecting both surface appearances and inferred depths, while also problematizing the relationship between them.
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, The Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and Hillyer Arts Space. His work was published in the University of Pittsburgh’s 2018 issue of their cultural journal, "Contemporaneity," titled “Presenting Race: Institutional Contexts and Critiques.” 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. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in Photography at the University of New Mexico.