Monica is an Oakland based New York City raised artist and educator. She has been teaching architecture design, art and digital media since 2000. She is currently art and design faculty at the Athenian school.
Monica’s species work utilizes concepts derived from observations that demonstrate in biological systems. Projects are grown into architectonic composites that generate hyper articulated forms and spatial fields.
The species work is grown through varied aggregation at multiple scales. The objective is the production of new organisms and organizational methods that represent morphogenetic evolutionary traits.
The paintings explore fluctuations between disfiguration and figuration between layered fields/buddings and familiar beings. Similar to my species work, the paintings are assembled based on a logic of growth. The picture plane is amassed to create spatial amplification for the figures to oscillate and dialogue in tension with the viewer. The work is inspired by graffiti and urban street art culture. The dark contour is a critical aspect of linking the figures as a continuous text. The figures are positioned between realism and illustration. This is especially evident in the portraits. The bodies tend to abstract and anchor the portraits. into the painted field.
The Photography is created for potentially being utilized as the subject of the paintings and incorporated into mixed media work. The work seeks to capture spontaneous moments and atmospheric conditions.
Education: Bachelor of Architecture, Cooper Union, Masters of Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University. CTE Teaching Credential California: Architecture/Engineering, Arts/ Media.