GEM Z: The Farthest from Earth We’ve Ever Been

Simon Marsiglia

Simon Marsiglia is an Amsterdam-based Swedish maker of contemporary adornments in all shapes and forms. He holds a BA from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
It is impossible, no, irrelevant, to attempt to describe Simon’s creations through the singular lens of jewellery, sculpture or fashion. He is a spinner of experiences and a creator of wondrously strange alien rabbits and glossy pink ‘neck breakers’.

Simon Marsiglia - PWSCO 003 - 2018 - Mixed plastics, pearl gel paint - Model: Masha Ryabova - Image by Veronika Vidø

The New York Times referred to Simon’s work as ‘outré adornments that look more like phone headsets or odd facial spores’ in connection to the exhibition ‘Non-Stick Nostalgia’ at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Simon Marsiglia - Sheridan - 2019 - Mixed plastics, rabbit fur, metal coil - Image by Pim Sem Benjamin

Simon Marsiglia - Sheridan - 2019 - Mixed plastics, rabbit fur, metal coil - Model: Cathelijne Montens - Image by Pim Sem Benjamin

Simon stands in staunch opposition to the gem-on-a-white-background display phenomenon, as he believes that all adornments require context to come to life. He practises alternative methods of world-building to present his works IRL and online. Simon intends to bring fantastic elements to the field of fashion by inhabiting the grey zone between wearable object and sculpture.

Simon Marsiglia - Chain Reaction Byzantine - 2020 - Silicone - Model: Simon Marsiglia - Image by Neeltje Van Der Vlugt

Simon Marsiglia - Chain Reaction Byzantine - 2020 - Silicone - Model: Simon Marsiglia - Image by Neeltje Van Der Vlugt

Simon Marsiglia - Chain Reaction Wheat - 2020 - Tinfoil - Model: Simon Marsiglia - Image by Neeltje Van Der Vlugt

Simon Marsiglia - Chain Reaction Lure - Mixed material - Image by Neeltje van Der Flught