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A multi-disciplinary artist, I work intuitively using an abstract vocabulary, to express my inner world.

I create a personal visual language to fill the voids and empty spaces in life. A sense of fragmented remembrances informs my work, telling stories about loss, identity, the forgotten past, curiosity, hope and completion.

Much of my studio time is spent painting. My 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. 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 have an interest in the energy and history contained in found and re-purposed materials. I’m especially fond of used and familial garments and incorporate collage, sewing, stuffing, wrapping and binding into my assemblage practice. A lifelong obsessive gatherer, I possess a diverse collection of unrelated “stuff”. Living in a rural area brings nature into my process. I often hang materials outside in the trees or bury them in the snow for a ritual cleansing and gathering of stories.


 

 

Contact me at:

 

mona@monakmonroe.com

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