Monica Stroik

Region: MFA Annual

My paintings depict the natural organic world in relationship to the human architectonic influence.

I have used this group of paintings, Flotsam and Jetsam, to create a multifaceted installation. The paintings, each with its individual combination of colors and lines, draw on a different spatial feeling, from weighted security to an unknown weightlessness. As a group, the paintings alter the viewer’s perception of space by providing the illusion of a continuous horizon line that expands beyond the confines of the architectural environment. These paintings reflect my daily visual experience of the angular, human-created environment juxtaposed with nature’s soft-edge expansiveness. As a multimedia artist, I explore these themes in installations and live performances that include digital media and video projection.