She Was a Spirit of Fire (Detail)
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I love reading – and the extraordinary way in which books can transport me to another world is what inspires my artwork. I paint what I feel as I’m reading these stories; and I want to share the beautiful lands that I’ve imagined with my viewers.
My paintings are rooted in the symbolism, landscapes, and magic of Fairy Tale literature. My newest series, The Light of the Trees, is inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Disney’s Pocahontas, and JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion. Tolkien’s poetic description of light and shadow in Valinor and Middle Earth, alongside motifs of sexuality and personal transformation found in so many Grimm stories are themes I am investigating with my current work. The shift in color and light throughout the birch tree forests represent the transition from newness and innocence to maturity, love, and even darkness.
Monica Rose Song has exhibited work at chashama 300 Gallery, Mark Miller Gallery, Blackburn 20|20 Gallery, Trestle Gallery, the 4heads Governors Island Art Fair, RAW, The Celebration of Whimsy, and WF Gallery. She studied painting and figure drawing in Florence, Italy at Academia Italiana, and graduated from The Ohio State University with a BFA in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking along with a degree in Marketing from Fisher College of Business. Monica is a resident artist with chashama and she lives ...