Monika Crowley

Biography/Statement


Monika Crowley is a first class honours graduate from the National College of Art and Design. She has worked for 20 years in design and advertising and this has informed a bold graphic style that translates well to the medium of silkscreen. Each project begins with a series of photographs as source material, these are deconstructed, then reformed and distilled into visuals with a striking but constrained palette. Monika has exhibited with Higher Pitch in London, with the Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery, at The Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin, at The Molesworth Gallery and most recently was part of the RHA Annual Summer exhibition 2018. Her current show TREATment, September 20 - 28th, 2018 is at the Molesworth Gallery, where a portion of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to The Mater Foundation in aid of breast cancer research.


Treatment

September 2018

 

Printmaker Monika Crowley is not the first artist to draw inspiration from the kitchen cupboard, Andy Warhol's 1962 Campbells Soup Cans kickstarted an entire genre of art that pays homage to commercialism and branding. For Crowley it has become a visual language in and of itself, exploiting the ability of nostalgic brands to tap into the emotions these references conjure.

 

A previous body of work appropriated images of domesticity to reflect on the traditional structure of the home and changing expectations of modern motherhood. This current series is also rooted in personal experience, this time executed through the prism of a personal journey of illness and recovery.

 

Musing on our relationships with food, illness and love and how these have changed over time, yet remain so familiar from childhood, the artist plays with the Irish tradition of expressing love through food: cooking for family, stocking the freezer for births and bereavements and the random foods considered acceptable and palatable for the sickbed.

 

The work also explores what happens during illness when your own body turns against you and rejects all sustenance. The answers are encoded in the colour palette of each piece: blue is a colour of pain and nausea, pink expresses both emotional trauma and notions of femininity while orange and yellow are healing however the overall tone of the work is optimistic and each piece is titled with a wry humour that encourages the viewer to look deeper.