Monica Rose Song was most recently an artist in the Trestle Gallery Summer Salon. She has exhibited at Mark Miller Gallery, Trestle Gallery, 4heads Governors Island Art Fair, The Celebration of Whimsy, and Westside Fragrances Gallery in New York City. 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 member at Brooklyn Art Space and she is looking forward to three upcoming exhibitions where her work will be featured: a solo show at the Celebration of Whimsy, RAW: Brooklyn presents Scope, and Gowanus Open Studios.
I love reading stories – it is where all my painting ideas begin – and I paint with joy, every brush stroke and color is personal, honest, and intuitive. I believe that art should be alive, seductive, and glittering.
My work for the past two years has been rooted in the narratives, allegory, and illustrations of Fairy Tale and Folk literature. These stories have influenced my art and imagination since childhood, but it was Bruno Bettelheim’s Uses of Enchantment that opened my mind to the symbolism and psychological meaning hidden in these tales.
The women in my paintings are strong and enchanting heroines; their features and personalities modeled after the amazing women who are closest to me. And the beasts in my work are the aggressive (often masculine) sexual counterparts to my heroines. With my current work, I am investigating the landscapes, mythical creatures, curses, love, and magic that have persisted through centuries of storytelling.
Lives and works in New York, NY