07/06/2021

TRIBUTE TO MONDRIAN
Mondrian is a prime reference in my artwork. How can I pay a tribute to this innovative artist and celebrate being alive in our edge-of-explosion moment?
The video TRIBUTE TO MONDRIAN was inspired by the geometrical structure and colors of Mondrian's Boogie Woogie painting mixed with the shapes and colors of my painting COLOR PALETTE FROM DIALOGICAL PAINTING WITH SANDY (COLOR PALETTES Series). The audio is a fragment of the song Honky Tonk Train  (by Bob Crosby and his orchestra; Bob Zurke; Mead “Lu” Lewis), downloaded from the internet (Public Domaine).
This work was specially conceived to be submitted to FULL TILT BOOGIE WOOGIE, an exhibition organized by the New York Artists Circle.

Tribute to Mondrian, Video, 1’03”, 2021.

05/29/2021
I THANK THE MISTAKE

I thank the mistake, Video text, 0'16", 2021.

05/28/2021
ALL LIFE MATTERS

All life matters, Digital print on a ceramic tile, 8 x 8 in, 2021.

05/27/2021
I AM AN ArTIVIST!

I am an ArTIVIST, Digital print on a ceramic tile, 8 x 8 in, 2021.

05/26/2021
I AM AN ACTIVIST!
Video statement

I AM AN ACTIVIST! 20210526 12H46PM Lat 41° 21' 25.92" N / Long 73° 36' 6.84" W, VIDEO STATEMENT, 0'18", 2021.

05/21/2021
HUEVOS MEXICANOS

Huevos mexicanos, Digital print on a ceramic tile, 8 x 8 in, 2021.

05/03/2021

20210504 1h35PM Sandy in his garden Lat 41° 21' 25.248" N / Long 73° 36' 7.878" W, Video, 0'07", 2021.

04/27/2021
Doing art is my best way of thinking.
Life is about connections: connection with ourselves, connection with our environment, and connection with others...
04/08/2021

20210408 7h43AM Lat 41° 21' 25.92" N/ Long 73° 36' 6.84" W Time for coffee, Video, 0'41", 2021.

02/04/2021
Intolerance and violence are a result of fear of the unknown. We tend to fight against difference. What would be a monochrome world? If everything just had similar flavors and sounds? Diversity is richness.
When I moved to NY, I discovered Queens and felt a sensation of belonging. This borough is an oasis that embraces people from all ethnicities and cultures, which coexist in good harmony, a fascinating multicultural place where the explosion of smells, sounds and colors fills our senses, where the flow of life pulses intensely.
01/31/2021
It is difficult to make choices. I want everything...
It is a challenge to preserve identity and simultaneously be able to create a participatory or collective artwork! The simultaneous awareness that we are individually special with the particular contributions we bring to the world, and at the same time that we belong to a common larger living organism, is fundamental! With our differences, all united, we are stronger.
01/23/2021
I am claustrophobic... Can't lock myself in a box!

12/27/2020
Good bye 2020!
12/27/2020
What I mostly want with my work, is to create something that has poetry, that touches and moves.
I also want to give it to the world, share it.
Selling is not my priority. I am grateful because until today I found a way to live, without depending on my art to pay my bills ...
It is a privilege! Thanks to the Universe…!
But sometimes it is a bit hard… I have to be aware and careful, to assure freedom to my creation…
12/26/2020

December 26th, Video, 0'12", 2020.

12/17/2020
Dear family and friends,
Another year is completing since I moved to the US (2018). Time goes by so fast! That is why it is essential to live every minute as if it were the first (delight to make discoveries), and as if it were the last (keeping the house clean)!
2020, what a difficult, strange, challenging year! But a good year! We started Sandy and I, with an incredible trip around Itaipava (Rio de Janeiro state) and Uruguay. I had to interrupt my stay in São Paulo for fear of not being able to return to the USA. No more trips since then!!! Because of the necessary isolation, Sandy and I decided to settle in the country house. What was supposed to be a temporary project became permanent! We love the nature that surrounds us, we made incredible friends in the neighborhood, and by maintaining the security protocols, we managed to strengthen great bonds of affection! I worked, I worked, I worked! Love working! Sandy also worked, worked, worked! He also really enjoys what he does! I set up my studio and inside it I feel like a queen! I was able to create many things ... 2020 was prolific (for those who are curious, I set up a website and an Instagram, which I post regularly)…
I deeply regret the losses and difficulties that many have had and continue to face. Here are the best feelings and the most potent energies for all of you, wonderful and special that not only add flavor to my life, but teach me so much! I am grateful to you, to my wonderful parents, to my great treasures that are my children, to my brothers, to my nephews, to my cousins ​​(grandchildren I still don't have ... lol) and to my friends, so valuable and special chosen family (order is pure political hierarchy, not about the heart… lol again)! I am especially grateful to life for having placed such a wonderful companion in my path! We cook together, eat together, laugh together, walk together with Sadie our dear bouvier, sleep together, wake up together, swim together, support each other ... I can't get enough of being together!
I apologize if I caused any inconvenience or discomfort. I swear it was unintentional !!!! Nothing like turning the page in the end of 2020, and get light and shining to start 2021!
VERY HAPPY Hanukkah (with a little delay, but better late than never), very happy Christmas, and may 2021 be a year of light, health, creativity and joy! May we dedicate ourselves more to taking good care of our only home, which is our planet Earth! May we find new ways to be happy together, to share, to support and celebrate life! Love you all! Take care and be safe!!!!!!!
Monique
PS – Sharing with you some special 2020!
05/30/2020
When I am not satisfied with a situation, I can go away, accept it without complaint, or take action looking for ways to transform it. I chose the last one. The world we live in, is not the one I dream of. I believe there is a great lack of listening and dialogue. As Art is a powerful tool for awareness and transformation, I look through art for ways to promote dialogue in times of social isolation.

05/15/2020
This morning I read in the newspaper A Folha de São Paulo, the column by Claudia Costin, Director of the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Educational Policies, at FGV. The article talks about the need to invest in educational equity in Brazil, and sparked several thoughts that have been occupying my mind recently...
What a huge challenge we are facing in my country ...! I am so sad and devastated with the Brazilian situation ... (the world situation with the pandemic also affects me deeply, but this is another chapter). I don't know how or when we're going to get out of this! Children are our future! Without education and basic needs covered, instead of having next generations that positively drive the country's progress, delinquency and chaos will be aggravated ... I really want to cry! But I know it doesn't solve anything. I don't even know what to do to contribute !!! Discussions and polarization do not lead to anything either! I have been trying with my art to promote an awareness of the importance of perceiving ourselves as belonging to the same being, Gaia! If a part of society is suffering, is unhappy and sick, we are all, since we are part of this same living organism that is our beloved planet. This awareness should help us to rethink about the priorities and where to invest our resources. But I think what I'm doing is so little ..., I am starting not to see much sense in my art ...
05/13/2020
I want my art to be revealing, liberating ...
I want my art to produce happiness and joy, to make me feel more human.

05/12/2020
I hear the colors... the conversations between them...
04/22/2020
Today I woke up asking myself: which way do I want to redirect my life? Where do I want to take my attention and what are my intentions with my creation? I am a witch and my art is my cauldron. But what magic do I want to do? I feel different and strange. I still don't know what's going on inside me. An artist and friend I admire, Barbara Groh, in a message said today: "we artists mirror our surroundings". This statement hit me so deeply ...! I think the feeling of disorientation happens because it is too early to measure and understand what happened with our surroundings. Barbara, you spoke so beautifully ... Thank you for opening this window of awareness to me!
04/22/2020
We're in quarantine. I feel trapped in my orthogonality
04/14/2020
Art is a powerful tool, with strength to promote sensitization, reflection, awareness, and transformation. Only the emotional experience is capable of bringing changes ...
03/26/2020
My dear friend,
I need to outburst ...!
Our world, as it is ... or as it was ... my head is boiling!
Traditionally, many governments have directed significant resources to the army. Economic growth has often prevailed in decisions involving environmental issues. People fight for power and money (I want it too!). The "I" is the subject of the sentence. The “other” is just a complement; and "his" or “her” problems are "his" or “her” problems (thank God)!
It seems that Corona Virus entered our lives so recently and put everything inside out! Or were things upside down before?
The forced withdrawal has made me think a lot ...! This quarantine is not easy ...
Since the crisis began, some governments continue to be more concerned with the economy, and minimize the risks of the disease. However, the pandemic is not linked to the Stock Market. Much less a well-trained and well-armed army can contain the Corona Virus. If it spread around the world, other disgusting creatures should also be out there soon (not that I want to!). At least until we change the way we deal with the planet. Preserving the environment with education, health and housing is what helps to maintain balance and our survival! To see these priorities we need more humanity. A humanity more aware that what we have now. Intelligence is not enough! We need to respect, feel compassion and empathy for our similar, and also for our different.
Individualism has grown so much ...! We seem to be blind. We are not realizing that we belong to something bigger, to GAIA, our dwelling, our home. She is a living being ... We are cells of this body! Rivers and seas are her blood. If any of us are sick, the whole planet is sick. When we think of the Apocalypse, we mean the end of the world. It makes more sense to consider that we are the ones that are threatened with extinction. Nature is powerful! We are mistreating the body that shelters us, deforesting forests, causing climate change that brings global warming, fires, polluting the air, rivers and seas, there is so much war and misery ... GAIA is sick with our selfishness, thirst for power and greed . But she is strong! After a while and a few sneezes, she puts us out! The crisis passes, she recovers, regenerates, and that's it.
And us? It's over...
Technology brings great things, no doubt. Virtuality is pretty cool! How great when we communicate on social media when we are far away and unable to enjoy the presence of people we love. But there are limitations: we cannot satisfy our hunger with the image of an appetizing hamburger on the computer screen. Social media are useful tools, but they are not a substitute for face-to-face and qualitative interaction. We are in quarantine, without proximity, without touch, without hug! The value of direct contact has never been more evident to me!
I read a while ago, a theory about the reasons that led prehistoric man to make paintings in the depths of caves. I don't know about the validity, since no writing could prove it. I also don't know the source. But the theory is cool, and so I share: Prehistoric men believed that the Earth was the MOTHER of all living beings. The hidden spaces inside the caves would be like her belly. The animals they hunted and constituted their food, were gestated there. In order to accelerate the process and birth of these creatures, they tried to identify them in the recesses and protrusions of the walls, detaching and painting them, thus bringing them to a concrete plane.
I found all of this very inspiring and felt a great admiration and respect for Mother Earth!
I meditate a lot, concentrate my energies, and try to visualize the healing of our dear planet. After all, isn't thought the principle of action?
I've been questioning myself, looking for ways to act positively in the face of the difficult moment we are facing. Of course, disciplining thinking in search of a positive action principle is a good start. But I really want to go further, find a way to do my part, to contribute effectively, or better, affectively, to the health of my home, which is GAIA, and everything that is part of it. I'm still not sure how ...
I just know that when the situation caused by the Corona Virus improves and the confinement is no longer necessary, I will prioritize face-to-face meetings with the people who are important to me.
While in isolation, I have been struggling to learn how to use available electronic resources. Softwares like Microsoft Team, Zoom and Google Hangout allow virtual meetings with friends, and have become a very cool option! I am being beaten ... I am slow in these things. But soon I will know how to navigate.
That's it.
And, “let it go” !!!!!
Thank you for your patience with the outburst!
Together with it, I send everyone my best energies and vibrations!
Stay safe!

Monique

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