Zachary Simonson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin in 2016 before going on to receive his Master of Fine Arts from PAFA in 2019. In his paintings, Zachary processes memory and longing through systems of organization. Using isometric projection as a framework, an architectural landscape is built from observation and invention. These spaces are then occupied by thoughts, people and objects in the form of symbolic characters, much like how a key is used on a map. This acts both as a notational system, to analyze the details of the artist's experience, and as a narrative device, used to develop a romanticized world that houses these patterns of thinking.