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Monica Curiel

Denver, CO

Often sculptural, Monica Curiel's work is the result of an intuitive, visceral process that is never pre-planned. Each panel is like a map of creativity in motion, defined by a monochromatic language of rich textures and layers of abstract marks.

Born in Texas to immigrant parents from Jalisco who made their living as labor workers, Curiel spent her formative years assisting them on job sites, where she was introduced to construction materials like plaster, house paint, and grouting tools. Now, these materials form the basis of her palette, drawing the artist back to her cultural roots with each sweep of the trowel. Plaster is humble but it is also magical, capable of being manipulated into any form. Though contemporary in nature, every Monica Curiel work is, at its core, a celebration of her Mexican heritage and every sacrifice made in pursuit of a better life.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I believe that in my visceral practice I work with the materials, paints, and pigments – I do not solely manipulate them to my own advantage. A well-composed work for me is one that allows the materials to be.

When one works with natural or organic materials there always lies a beautiful imperfection and a transitory nature, that for me, must be seen and felt through its energy and composition.

Also, a little reggaeton, dancing, and my grouting tools make for great experimentation."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I want to encourage an individual to connect with the present - the singular moment in time in which their senses are enriched. To be present and aware. Most of all, I want people to feel a sense of serenity upon viewing my works."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"I had this not so brilliant idea of trying out cement on canvas as a work. In my mind, I thought it would harden when it hit the canvas and stick like glue. Well, it didn’t, it crumbled into pieces, but it was one of those experiences that left me appreciating the process of experimentation."
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