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Working intuitively using an abstract vocabulary, I use a variety of materials and processes to express my inner world.

I’ve become attracted to the broad landscapes and skies of the West. Drawn to the imagery of large voids or empty spaces, I create a personal visual language to fill the vacuum; stories about mystery, loss, sadness, wonder, safe places, completion, rebirth, centers of everywhere.

In my recent work, the substrate is covered with an overall image, frequently asemic writing, barely recognizable words which may or may not be visible in the finished piece. Multiple layers of color and texture are applied and drawing and collage materials are sometimes incorporated.

The surfaces are heavily worked and scratched through the skin, scraped deeply to uncover the history hiding underneath. I enjoy the physicality of adding and subtracting materials, revealing and obscuring elements and the mark making that appears from this process. The calligraphic and map-like punctuation marks serve as a reference table to the archaeology of the work. The work becomes a palimpsest, each layer sharing the memory of the other. It is work created with the intention of a slow emergence of details.

I’m also a lifelong obsessive “gatherer” and possess a diverse collection of unrelated objects and materials which are sometimes used in my work and serve as inspiration and influence.


 

 

Contact me at:

 

mona@monakmonroe.com

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