Monica-Shanta 'The Dog Walk Project' Part 1
A virtual exhibition of recent works by Monica-Shanta
Due to the latest lockdown we have had to cancel most of the exhibitions we had planned for the first half of 2021. Fortunately Monica-Shanta agreed to install her planned exhibition in the gallery space and front window and allow us to make it a virtual show. While it's not the same as seeing work in the flesh, the short video gives a good indication of the fascinating work that Monica has been producing over the last 6 months. Actually the physical artifacts are not the norm for Monica-Shanta and her usual studio practice is in the realm of performance and film based works (see CV below for details) so in many ways the your virtual experience here, on your screen, is closer to her preferred medium.
While you cannot come to the gallery and see the exhibition this year you will be able to see 'Part 2' next year when we will invite Monica-Shanta back to the gallery in 2022 for the second part of the exhibition with a whole new set of works. It will be interesting to see how the work evolves and is shaped in (hopefully) a post-pandemic world.
All works are for sale and will be listed in the 'store' part of the website.
Follow the link to see the video:
‘The Dog Walk Project – Part 1’ Spring 2021
Artist Statement Monica-Shanta
My art practice is a collage of many materials and outcomes. I use whatever media or processes suit an idea. I create digital images, objects, drawings, moving image digital film, interactive performance, and installations.
I focus on universally lived daily human experiences, such as Eating, Walking and Breathing, as inspirations for my work. Through my work I aim to make visible the magic of life in what we might usually experience as just the humdrum of the ‘everyday’, to make explicit the timeless divine within the ‘ordinary’.
I particularly love the form and geometry of circles, which are at the heart of natural forms, from molecules to solar systems, and are a recurring theme in my work as symbols of totality, wholeness, the Self, the infinite, and the cyclic timelessness of life.
I am fascinated by the power of repetition as it runs through all of lives, our beating hearts, the rhythm of our steps…….. and as it occurs in visual patterns throughout nature and art, and in cultural and spiritual traditions across the whole of humanity, such as the counting of rosary, ritual drumming, music…..
Focus on rhythm, repetition and pattern offers a portal to transcendent experiences for all of us as creators, participants, observers and audience.
‘The Dog Walk Project – Part 1’ Spring 2021
Web site www.monica-shanta.net
Facebook Monica-Shanta – Artist
Solo Performance and Exhibitions
2019 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - for Somerset Art Works, ‘Taunton Together’, Taunton, Somerset
2019 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - for Somerset Art Works, The Engine Room, ‘Bridgewater Together’, Bridgewater, Somerset
2018 'The (Cake) Stall of Alternative Thoughts', 'Canteen' @ TOPOS, Art Week Exeter
2018 'The (Cake) Stall of Alternative Thoughts', 'Artistic Research Will Eat Itself'
SAR 9th International Conference, University of Plymouth
2017 'Performing Plaiting' - Performance, 'Between', The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
2017 'Performing Plaiting' - Performance, Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard,
2016 ‘Sitting on the Throne for Breathing’ - Performance, Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
2015 ‘The Fried Egg Café’ - Interactive Performance and Edible Art Experience, Crosspoint, University of Plymouth
2014 ‘Rubbish’, Birdwood House, Totnes, Devon
2013 ‘Masala Mandala’ installation exhibited as part of SOAS Multi-lingualism Week,
SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.
2012 ‘The Moving House Art Sale’ - An Open House Art Sale, Islington, London
2007 ‘Conception Cake Café’ - An Open House Edible Art Experience, Islington, London
200 ‘Mandalas and Mandorlas’. - The Literary Cafe, Islington, London
Exhibitions of Education and Community Residencies and Projects
2020 ‘Foster Family Stories’, AWEsome Artspace, Paris Street, Exeter
2020 ‘Foster Family Stories’, Online Exhibition – Daisi.org.uk
2018 'Re-boot' Uncovering Exeter's Layers of History, St Stephens Church, Exeter
2018 'Museum Machina', Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
2017 'A Collage of the Blackdown Hills' Hemyock Healthy Living Centre, Hemyock, Devon
2018 'Canteen' @ TOPOS, Exeter Art Week
2013 ‘Parallax’ - an Exhibition by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity
Curator, and Participating Artist, Mile End Art Pavillion, London www.mixed-other-art.net
2012 ‘Mixed-Other’ - an Exhibition by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity
Curator, and Participating Artist, Islington Arts Factory, London www.mixed-other-art.net
2020 'Ethno-Constitutionals' Film collaboration with artist Helen Snell, commissioned by The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
2011 ‘Eve’s Pursuit’, Islington Arts Factory, Islington, London - with artist Samantha Miller
2010 ‘Goldilocks meets Pandora’ - Islington Arts Factory, Islington, London - with Samantha Miller
2010 ‘The Garden’ - Islington Exhibits Festival, Park Life Café, Islington - with musician Vanessa Vie
2020 'Ethno-Constitutionals' 5x5x5 Series, Online Exhibition, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
2020 'Black Holes and Umbellifers', FIFTY BEES: The Interconnectedness of All Things,
Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome, Somerset
2019 'Oprah Winfrey Is My Mother' The Care Trail, Crediton, Mid-Devon
2018 'Canteen' @ TOPOS, Exeter Art Week, Exeter
2017 'Between', Peninsula Arts, Rowland Lewinsky Building, Plymouth University
2017 MA Show, Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
2017 MA Contemporary Art Practice, Graduation Show, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
2017 ‘Being Human 2’, 'AWE' Art Week Exeter, Preston Street Union, Exeter, Devon
2016 ‘Being Human’ - part of Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
2016 ‘Fictive Dreaming’ Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore
2015 ‘Convergence’ 101 Space, Rowland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University
2013 ‘Parallax’ - an Exhibiton by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity - Curator, and Artist, Mile End Art Pavilion, London www.mixed-other-art.net
2012 10 x 10 - Gloss Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon
2012 ‘Mixed-Other’ - an Exhibition by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethnicity - Curator, and Artist,
Islington Arts Factory, London www.mixed-other-art.net
2012 ‘Fantastic February Fair’, Islington Arts Factory, Islington, London
2011 ‘And Now for Another One’ - Brent Artists Resource, Willesden Library Centre, London
2008 ‘Representations of Identity’, Women’s Art Movement, Islington Arts Factory, London
2006 ‘Distributing Dictionary Definitions’ - Bob and Roberta Smith’s Peace Camp, Interactive Event,
The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2018 'The (Cake) Stall of Alternative Thoughts' page 111, SAR 9th International Conference Proceedings.
2017 'Fictive Dreaming and Wondering.....' page 4, Praxis Press 2017, Singapore
2016 'The Book of Alternative Thoughts', Edition of 6, one held in the Artist Book Collection at The Charles Seale-Hayne Library, University of Plymouth
2013 'Par.al.lax' An exhibition by artists of mixed-heritage and mixed-ethnicity - Exhibition Catalogue
2012 'Mixed-Other' An exhibition by artists of mixed-heritage and mixed-ethnicity – Exhibition Catalogue
2014 - 2017 MA Contemporary Art Practice, University of Plymouth
1991 - 1992 PGCE Art & Design, Institute of Education, University of London
1986 - 1989 BA. Honours Degree, Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, London
1985 - 1986 Foundation, Art & Design, College of Arts & Technology, Newcastle upon Tyne