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Monica Dixon

Studio Resident (2017-2018)

Exhibitions/Performances (2011, 2017, 2018)

Dance, Fiber, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture
Statement of Work

My work focuses on relationships between living bodies and the forms that protect and comfort them. I explore spaces and gestures that hold memories, emotions and beliefs. I transform and displace widely found materials such as fabric and foam that support the active and resting states of the human body. I sift through out of date magazines, selecting sensual imagery I collage with, and then scan into digital existence. When familiarity is distorted, definitions, boundaries, and identities are put into question. I stretch, poke, and dissect my materials to push something unexpected to the surface. I find moments that are beautiful and ugly, seductive and repulsive, exciting and embarrassing.
I work with vivid color because of its ability to disarm the intellect. Its disorienting effect obstructs the steady stream of habitual thought that forms our mental realities. Color brings our minds to physical sensation and emotion. It signals an invitation to not take things too seriously. In this state we are better able to absorb the experiences in front of us. My use of soft geometry and irregular forms is similarly intended to alleviate mental, physical and emotional rigidity. The installations and sculptures I make find unusual ways of balancing and remaining intact. I am attracted to a form when I can detect a physical response to its environment from the posture it holds. The interdependent relationships between the pieces I make and the spaces they occupy are activated as they lean, droop, reach and cling in order to direct the observer’s attention.

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