“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 remixes were created by Monique Spier for the Logo Remix project.
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.