Monique Spier

 

Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova
Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova

Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova
Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova
Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova
Concrete To Data photographed by Alexandra Pospelova

“MOTHER” 2015, Stencil & Spray Paint on Water Color Paper. The prints have been hand bound into multiple sized artist books. 

 I lost her in October of 2013. Halfway across the world where she lived out her life.

My mother’s death was a profound and disturbing ending to the complicated, brittle bond that was our relationship.

This work was created in the home that my mother barely visited, during the final months of her life. It was only finished after her death, punctuating the finality of her absence.

I needed to work out the intricacies of my mother’s life and death with my hands, wearing a mask to spray-paint colors onto her stenciled form.

This process was a cathartic one for me, giving her toxicity a symbolic physical presence in my life. Through the thin clouds of noxious paint droplets, her image slowly emerged: an emotive intimate moment of revelation as well my final farewell to her.

I wanted to remember her with colors, warmth and forgiveness.

The resulting portrait books have been made in her memory. The smaller versions represent a “cremation “of the big mother book, preserved under a cloche.

2014-2015, A series of 3 animated GIFs were created for the Encrypted Fills project by Monique Spier.

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2014-2015, A series of remixes were created by Monique Spier for the Logo Remix project.

Concrete to Data Logo Remix by Monique Spier

Concrete to Data Remix by Monique Spier & SLOW
Concrete to Data Remix by Monique Spier & SLOW

Monique Spier Bio:

Monique Spier is a Dutch born artist living and working in New York. “I am most interested in the process of creating and the intimacy of being in that space.” Ms. Spier has transcended her ideas throughout different mediums to help communicate her artistic vision. In her latest project she used the medium of stencil graffiti and hand crafted book binding to depict a repeated image of her late Mother as a young woman. Monique Spier holds a BFA in printmaking from Long Island University, Post Campus.

http://www.concretetodata.com/artists/monique-spier

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Concrete to Data Logo Remix by Monique Spier

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4 thoughts on “Monique Spier”

  1. Heel knap gedaan Monique. Het werken aan dit project heeft alle moeilijkheden met jouw ouders een plaats gegeven. Heel lief, al die hartjes in een doosje.

  2. Lieve Monique,
    Mooi om jouw “verwerkings-proces” met je vrienden en dierbaren te willen delen. Iedereen rouwt op zijn eigen manier. Jij met een vorm van kunst, die ik heel bijzonder vind.
    Dankbaar ben ik zelf voor alle liefde die Dick en ik van je Vader en Moeder hebben ontvangen, heel veel jaren.
    Liefs, ook voor Rebecca en Ryan,
    Maria

  3. Absolutely beautiful mamie. I am so proud of you for your dedication to this project of commemoration; both of a life and of your personal journey through grief. You have communicated it so honestly and beautifully. Gefeliciteerd Mama. Ik hou van jou.

  4. A moving portrayal of an emotional journey that culminates in a personal transformation. What a meaningful accomplishment for the artist and the person! Thank you for sharing this intimate peek into the human capacity for resolution and love.

    Both the exhibit and website were beautifully prepared. Congratulations to the curator, as well.

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