A Merrickville-based artist has been selected to display her work in a prestigious contemporary art exhibition in Florence, Italy. Monica Viola is one of only nine Canadian artists who were invited to show at the Florence Biennale, which happens in Florence every two years. Founded in the 1990s, it is an international exhibition that includes the work of over 400 artists from 70 countries.
Monica decided to apply to the exhibition in the fall of 2016 at the recommendation of one of her fellow artists. Due to the quality of her work, she was invited to display in the 2017 edition of the exhibition, an invitation she happily accepted.
Monica is a Chilean-born artist who has lived in Canada since 1982. While she spent most of her years in Vancouver B.C., she moved to Merrickville in 2013 and opened her gallery, MonSky Creations. As an artist, Monica works in several media. Clay and glass are her favourite modes of artistic expression at the moment, but she also works with paint and fabric. Her ideas and inspiration determine her method of creation. For her, changing mediums is like opening a new door of fresh, creative ideas.
“Through my art, I continue to be playful, marrying new ideas and techniques to my artistic growth,” she says. “My work is not a complete circle, but a joyous evolution of ideas.”
For the Florence Biennale, Monica has chosen to display three of her ceramic art pieces. They are inspired by dreams, fantasy, surrealism, and classical art, and give an insight into her creative mind, which has been inspired by a lifelong love of art history and appreciation.
The Florence Biennale runs from October 6-15, 2017 in an old fortress in the middle of the historical centre of Florence. The fortress itself is a renaissance masterpiece of military architecture that has been the main centre of exhibitions in the city since 1967. “As an artist, it will be a truly inspirational and enlightening experience to exhibit in such a historic city amongst some of the world’s finest contemporary artists,” Monica says.
To view Monica’s work, be sure to check out her gallery at 230 St Lawrence Street, or go to her website www.monskycreations.com. If you would like to support her taking part in the exhibition, she has set up an Indigogo fundraising page. There are several examples of her artwork on the page which are available for various levels of contribution. To find the page, go to www.indigogo.com and look for “Monica Viola – Exhibition in Florence Italy.”