Look, as someone who went through 5 months of hard lockdown with two small kids under the age of 4 i can tell you one thing – my respect for parents went up by 1000%. and to be able to produce an entire body of work with a newborn, let alone while in isolation, is a feat unto itself. this is what Kirsten Sims did, and the result is her latest solo exhibition Goodnight Moon

In response to being confined to a small space with a tiny newborn, this body of work is a reflection on the early lockdown months of 2020. I started reading an old classic, Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown) to my son every night at around the same time as our one bedroom flat became our entire universe. The act of reading the same story out loud every night, over and over again, became a meditative ritual. The story is poetically simple and its words have a way of gently lulling one to sleep as the bunny says goodnight, one by one, to all the familiar things in the room. The story started to reflect my relationship to our flat and the way it became our whole world and the way the plant in the corner and the light fittings and the paintings on the walls became these objects of total fascination to my one-month-old baby. We weren’t allowed outside, and outside wasn’t allowed inside. The book is both comforting and strangely unsettling and I think that reflects my experience of being a new mother in these weird times: cozy and lonely at the same time. ~ Kirsten Sims

Goodnight Moon by Kirsten Sims is currently showing at Salon91.

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  1. Wow, all so good! A little respite for our eyes and souls during this time.

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