One of the best things about creating art is sharing it with others. Besides the high of the creative process, the meditative, zoned out - or in - process of creating the work, sharing it with the world is why my art exists.
I believe that art has the ability to transform the way we feel, and thereby, the way we treat one another. When you are happy and inspired, feeling confident and at peace, you'll want those around you to feel the same. Like attracts like, as they say.
So I'd like to spread the feeling of unity and hope with the world. Showing my art - and sharing it - at Xanadu Gallery is one of the ways I'm reaching out to make the world a kinder and more peaceful place to live. I hope that you'll join me in spreading inspiration and beauty by enjoying this art.
Dan Blasco My brain is tuned to patterns. I naturally look for patterns. I love patterns. The underlying, but not obvious, patterns in natural phenomena and processes awe me with their harmonious order and perfection. Your art conveys that because it is so subliminal with layers of reality superimposed on each other and interelating with each other in a beautiful composite that captures life on all levels. I can imagine looking at the painting at a macroscopic level and seeing two continents drifting apart or I can look at it as if I were looking in a microscope and actually see fossils in beautiful Italian marble of birds, reptiles (one even with a tail) etc. I react in a positive way to your art, but not to all other art which I (sometimes) consider to be sterile and dead, even though the artist is technically superb. All I know is that your art is alive and that it sings.
BY ELISSA BARNARD
The Chronicle Herald
Published April 11, 2014
Monika Wright’s mixed-media abstracts at Swoon are fanciful but serious in their exploration of imaginary worlds of possibility and freedom.
She creates deep spaces with shapes and lines that can be seen as biomorphic, rock-like and celestial.
Bright Angel by Monika Wright in her solo show at Swoon Gallery.The viewer could be Peter Pan in Never Never Land or Hans Solo in a Star Wars spaceship in an asteroid belt. Wright suggests motion and music.
Perhaps because she is also a photographer, light is a life force in Wright’s work, in both her acrylics and her mixed-media paintings. These have gleaming surfaces out of acrylic, foil, ink and resin on canvas. The foil is craggy and fissured against Wright’s smooth and watery surfaces in blues or greens or hot yellows.
Wright’s titles indicate that her spaces are physical and spiritual. An acrylic on canvas in rose and orange with blue boulders, fissures and crevasses is titled Bright Angel: Deep into the Canyon. But there is still sunshine; light reaches even in the darkest places in our life.
The exhibit, Temptation to Fly, is inspired by the long-lost imaginary world of childhood.
Defying Gravity by Monika Wright on exhibit at Swoon in Hammonds Plains.“I ask you, for a moment, to spread your wings again, to have the courage to believe in the magic and mystery of childhood when you flew with faeries and super-heroes,” she writes in her artist’s statement. “We can create wonder and goodness by opening ourselves, by being aware — and by taking fearless action.”
“Temptation to Fly is an exhibition that asks you to defy the convention of caution and return to a time when fantasies felt real. Dreams do come true.”
As children we believe that all things are possible. We are allowed wild and fantastic imaginations. Pretending is permitted. And then we grow and are told to face reality. We are asked to suspend our belief in the possibility that dreams do come true, that we can achieve and experience great things so easily. It is a hard and difficult world. I ask you, for a moment, to spread your wings again, to have the courage to believe in the magic and mystery of childhood when you flew with faeries and super-heroes. We can create wonder and goodness by opening ourselves, by being aware - and by taking fearless action. "Temptation to Fly" is an exhibition that asks you to defy the convention of caution and return to a time when fantasies felt real. Dreams do come true.