The ‘Fragment’ series designs act as a cartography of the body, the temporary relationship between experience, embodiment, and knowledge. Personalities of Monnet’s sitters appear to be sifted through an algorithm, concealing their known qualities while embedding them with a patterned, seemingly-mythical identity. Their outward appearances have not only been changed, but how the sitters view the world, through the mask, have also been altered. They now see through a lens of the artist’s experiences. Their facial features mingle with the designs to evoke a tradition of knowledge rooted in the psyche of those who wear them — like wearing a family crest as a proud reminder of the intrinsic connection between land, home, and identity. A Whole Made of Many Parts draws from various political and social histories, showing us how delineations, real or imagined, shape our cultures and communities. By tracing her roots to her own contemporaneity, Monnet describes a dynamic and ever-evolving history.
Source: A Whole Made of Many Parts, March, 2019.
Untitled (wallpaper), 2019
Exhibition: A Whole Made of Many Parts, Arsenal Contemporary Art, Toronto.
Untitled (wallpaper), 2018
Wallpaper installation covering a wall of 10.7 m (35 feet), printed and installed by Blue Moon Graphics, Sudbury (ON). Exhibition: Wanderlust, Galerie du Nouvel Ontario, Sudbury, Canada, 2018. Curator: Stefan St-Laurent.