Monica Perez Vega
Skirting Twilight and Glacial Polish are from a series of sculptures made from reclaimed acrylic sheets and formed through a precarious process in which disruption and failure are utilised as modes of transformation. Seduced by the materiality of plastic, Monica is interested in its inherent qualities, such as its gloss and malleability, while acknowledging its inherent controversy. What once originated as a ‘sustainable’ substitute for animal products now permeates our air, water and soil, suffocating the very lives it was designed to preserve. These reclaimed plastic forms, like a petrified landscape, reflect the morality of progress.
Monica’s work reflects on the adaptability of all things in nature, and she is seeking to capture that which is on the verge of either renewal or collapse. Amid the relentless story of progress and the ever-changing state of all things, she looks to nature for signs of hope; of a promise of return.
Monica is originally from California where she received a BFA from the California College of the Arts. She lived in Amsterdam for ten years, where she taught IB art and design. She also designed the Make a Scene Stamp Kit and co-founded Hiraeth Magazine and podcast. She received an MFA from Slade School of Fine Art in 2019 and currently lives in Birmingham.
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