Through different pieces, Mona uses herself as a converter that reflects and modifies the sensitive data she captures, she speaks of the human being as a lens that captures, modifies and retransmits information. She questions the multiple natures of languages: corporal, oral, extrasensitive, as reflections of our inner syntheses. These syntheses are sensitively inked in the material, whether it is wax, fabric or paper.
These transformations are constrained by often simple protocols that provide a framework for reading these captured feelings. Revealing certain psychological springs and pathways of individual complexity. Thanks to the application of recursive protocols, reading supports are developed, categorizing and archiving one’s emotions as a sensitive photo of each day. The color is used as a vector of non-verbal transmission from the impressiveness and nuances that they give off. For example, in the project Carrot of Emotion (2020), at the end of each of her days, she collects the dominant emotion, transforming it into color by integrating a layer of pigmented wax on top of a “sedimentary core.”
Sensitive to highlight the specific qualities of the materials used, the fabric finds its place as a memorial support of the body and its energies. In his Aqueous Batiks, fabrics, waxes, dyes are arranged, where their plastic and symbolic relationship combine and oppose each other. The wax hollows out the fabric and leaves room for the diffusion of light, like a window to an emotion.
As for the performance, it is constructed, it remains the way to a bodily and emotional experience in a space. The video performances, in their overflowing enthusiasm, leave room for derision and self-critical humor.
With One Year Performance, I Love You, (2019-2020), Mona commits to recording “I love you” and broadcasting it daily on YouTube, getting physically and emotionally involved, herself as much as the viewer. In the video Danse Nature, 2021, with palpable derision, she takes nature and its sound life for a nightclub. The series Proposition d’action essentielle, combines photos and texts, inviting the visitor to reproduce these actions. These include “Hug the Earth” and “Love Yourself”.
The viewer takes note of the emotional protocols, deciding in turn to seize, cultivate and retransmit them, participating in turn in the work.
“I reflect and observe individual behaviors using myself as a guinea pig most of the time, hoping to capture the full human depth. Human beings are as unpredictable as they are complex. Emotions (translated into color in my work) are what give the most intensity, the echo of the unconscious impulse of the heart that pushes us to Be. I am interested in these sensations, their mechanisms of integration and diffusion.
My practice is governed by a sensitive and structured analysis of the inner world and its interaction with the outer world. I mostly use protocols and a serial system. Multiplicity allows to reveal collective patterns while sublimating individual variations.
The materials used are vectors of feelings. My works propose to the viewers sometimes an observation of the other, an echo of ourselves, sometimes a pause on states of consciousness and finally, an invitation to action in consciousness of our internal mechanisms.”
Lives and works in Nice
Palam collective exhibitions,
Villa Caméline (Abandoned house), Nice.
90° above the fire
May 29, 2021 to September 26, 2021
Benoit Barbagli, Accompanied by the Palam collective,
Hotel Windsor, Nice
Gallery Eva Vautier, Nice.
OpenSchool Gallery of Fine Arts of Nantes, Nantes.
IN VITRO IN VIVO
Le Roc Fleuri, Cap d’Ail.
Being, Exhibition Street
Collective exhibition, proposal of the Palam collective, 22 rue Vernier, Nice.
Group exhibition, Quai Antoine 1er, Monaco. Accrochage with Gilles Desplanques.
Collective exhibition at the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence. Collaboration with ESAIP (engineering school) and the association M2F Création/ Lab GamerZ. (Digital Arts)
Collective exhibition on the question of the device, within the framework of the 8th colloquium of scenography and scenology realized by the Pavillon Bosio.