MOO | Monika Mori
Series: "My Roses for Cy"
free - independently - combative
“I was born in 1960 in Moedling (Austria) and had formal trainings by Prof. Anneliese Beschorner. Since 2008, my work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major and private collections.”
When did you first realize you were an artist?
I realized it when I was a young girl but it took many years to find the right medium to express it because I was very shy and did not believe in myself. To find my own style in art gave me strength and power to change my whole life.
What style of art do you produce?
I love to experiment. I want to flout the laws of physics, cross boundaries and find my own limits. My art is a language unto itself and there is merit to all interpretations - expressive abstract.
The preferred mediums are stretched canvas and acrylics in different techniques mixed with pastels, watercolor and oil. Mostly I use the palette knife and my hands.
There is always a mix of techniques - it depends on the ideas they come while working. I apply the colors on linen, canvas, paper, cardboard or jute with palette knives, by hand or brushes. When the colors are following, I can build a symbiosis which is the highest expression of my feelings.
My favorite shape is the circle. This may well be because they mirror my life journey of voyage and return. Noli turbare circulos meos - do not disturb my circles - was my guiding theme when I embarked on my art career and I will paint circles, in all their forms, till the end of my days.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas grow out of every days life, from people I meet, from life events and happenings. It is hardly to explain because the ideas suddenly appear in my mind and then is really need to give them colors and shapes.
Why do you create art?
Art became to my every days food. I need to create paintings and to write as a poetess. There is so much in me that needs to get out and be materialized.
How often do you create?
I work every day and sometimes when time is short, then I'm taking more time the next day. It is a relentless action and vital to me
What is the best artwork you ever created?
"Mystery of Cy" is my most famous work! It was a major honor that this painting has been awarded by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Leopold and exhibited at the famous Austrian Leopold-Museum in Vienna.
What role does the artist play in society?
I see art, in Goethe's words, as the mediator of the unspeakable and artists can change the world through their work! Many very famous artists take advantage of this opportunity too little and miss it.
Do you make a living with your art?
Yes! This has very little to do with money. I live modestly and often donate a work for charitable purposes to help. I don’t care whether my work finds general acceptance because I’m convinced that its unique energy will attract those people who share my vision. I am sure all my works will find the right home and I’m driven by the desire that the radiance of my art will always generate very positive energy.
At first it is very important to have a professionally webpage which is always up to date! The second is my page on Facebook as a paintress which is daily updated.
There´s the one and only Cy Twombly! In June 2008 I visited the exhibition LEPANTO - Cy Twombly at the Museo del Prado in Madrid (Spain). The sight of his works sparked feelings that I experienced the first time in this form when viewing a work of art and which are still present today and I call him respectfully as my father in art.
Can you recommend a great contemporary artist?
Gerhard Richter is one of the greatest contemporary artists and celebrated his 80th birthday this year. The simplicity of his art bring the basic principles of painting constantly in question. His works are among the highest paid in the world.
Please tell us something interesting in your life.
In 2010 I visited Florida for the first time and fell in love with the Caloosahatchee River and Fort Myers. I decided after 2 weeks of stay to move to Florida and establish "The MOOsahatchee Gallery". Unfortunately there happened too much sad things in my family and I had to come back to Austria. So The MOOsahatchee Gallery is now only an online project and will be realized someday somewhere...
Where do you see yourself as an artist 10 years from now?
In 2022 my work is very well known in the art scene and I will support young artists to find their path in life and art. In my opinion it is a must to help and guide the younger generations if they like and need it.
Advice for emerging artists
Work incessantly on your dreams and put always some lotion on your hands, because they will become rough from it.
MOO | Monika Mori
Series: "My Roses for Cy"