Monika Wright is an award winning self-taught artist who creates fabulous abstract paintings which glow with a unique luminosity. Her works are exhibited in Canada, the USA, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain and Germany. She is represented by galleries in Toronto, Halifax and New York and she is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists. She invites us to come to her Studio Open House this weekend, May 7th and 8th, from 1-5 pm, at 25 Waterbury Lane, Upper Tantallon.
How do you work?
My studio is in my home so I’ll quite often head out first thing in the morning and keep at it all day long. I start by laying down just 2 or 3 colours and working on a basic composition. Usually it takes time to get the composition where I want it; it’s hard for me to step away and let it be until I have that sorted out…unless a friend calls to invite me for lunch, that is.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
There’s nothing more challenging than creating an abstract, a truly non-objective, non-representational painting where there are no visual cues to follow. It all has to come from inside, every mark I make is a decision or choice that relies on my personal vision or instinct so my brain and spirit are constantly in a dance in search for beauty. I am attempting to create liquid light that shines directly into the viewer’s heart.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t treat your artwork as precious while you’re in the process of creating it. When I first started painting, I thought I’d never create another painting as good as the last. That held me back from making brave brushstrokes, from taking the paint a little further. Now, I just paint and paint over quite often. I’ve learned to let go of the fear that I’ll never make another great painting. The creativity is in me. What comes out on the canvas is just a manifestation of that. Nothing’s going to stop it. That allows me the freedom to experiment and be brave.
What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I’m an explorer in every sense of the word, both philosophically and geographically. I have traveled around the world, probably to about 80 countries. What both these explorations teach me is that we all have so much more in common with each other than we often realize. I think if my art and exploration are linked at all, it is through the thread of universal human connection. We need to realize that we are One with each other and with the planet.
What role does the artist have in society?
With so much discord and animosity in the world today, I think the artist has a unique opportunity to create connections that don’t yet exist in our world. With art, we can break through political and religious barriers and guide people along a path that shows how much goodness we have to share with each other. Art can break down defenses and open minds and hearts.
Where do you sell your work?
I sell from my home studio-gallery. I’ll be having an Open House on May 7th and 8th, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm. I’m also represented by Crescent Hill Gallery in Mississauga, and I exhibit in events and shows, like the recent Toronto Artist Project.
Where else can we find you?
*This interview was published in The Colchester Weekly News, About Art by Janice Guinan,