Wyoming Arts Council

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Mona Monroe lives in Alta, WY. She studied at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA and received a BA from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.

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..

Mush 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. It is work created with the intention of a slow emergence of details.

I also have an interest in the energy and history in found and re-purposed materials. I'm a life long obsessive gatherer and possess a diverse collection of unrelated "stuff". I have a fondness for used or familial garments and incorporate collage, sewing, stuffing, wrapping and binding into my practice. I often hang materials in the trees or bury them in the snow for ritual cleansing and gathering stories.

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