Venessa Monokian, a College of Architecture + The Arts alumna (MFA ’07), has returned from an artist’s residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Monokian, who graduated from the Master of Fine Arts program in 2007, was invited to the city by the leader of the residency, making her the first foreigner to participate in the program. During her stay in Buenos Aires, Monokian created much new work, which involved nature. She created three-dimensional landscapes, silhouetted images, an installation piece of a tree with an attached video, and stop-motion animation, and maps and gallery guides hand-cut “using a tree motif.” Monokian had surprised even herself at the amount of pieces she created while in Argentina.
In Buenos Aires, Monokian met artists, the kindness of whom she valued during her stay in the foreign country. Although unfamiliar with Spanish, Monokian involved herself creatively with the artists, and visited the city’s museums and galleries and saw theatrical performances. “[Though] subtle,” she said, “many of these influences found their way into [my] work and definitely affected the final outcome of what was produced.”
“FIU was wonderful at helping me find out who I was as an artist,” said Monokian, when reflecting on her studies at CARTA. “When I was a student, I was always encouraged to experiment and play, and I hope that my work shows some of that.” It was her artwork that attracted the leader of the artist’s residency in Buenos Aires, and, after fulfilling the program, it is her resulting artwork that expresses her experiences in Argentina’s natural and urban environments.
The featured image is of Venessa Monokian working during her residency. The photo was taken by Paula Pau Pogranizky.