I claim freedom. I believe in the power of creation as a motor for transformation in all aspects, from the most creative to the most practical and everyday. My work relates to the value and personal growth of human beings, especially women. Women are part of my work in an intrinsic way, because as a woman I am, I live, I look and I create. I think of art as a dialogue in which I interact with people either directly or through my work. I investigate the individual’s predisposition to become more beautiful and stronger through their fragility and their capacity for recovery. I show pain with explicit and delicate sincerity, and invite others to look and listen, to reflect and live positive and regenerative experiences.

When I work on social issues and with people in situations of vulnerability, I do so thinking about their empowerment, integration and visibility. In my work gold represents resilience: painted to proudly show the marks of the skin, crocheted to shelter the scars of our roots, sutured to heal wounds and repair the pieces of a loved one, or stitched together by joining parts of different faces to give life to new faces… I want to make universal the individual symbolic character of objects and experiences, to transform personal histories into History through the construction of a new collective memory. To make use of a metaphor: I look for the connections between the intimate and public and the private and global. I explore and stimulate emotions. I propose gestures and actions that seek reactions to boost growth.

I use the synergy between classical and modern arts, which merge into new combinations of traditionally independent and autonomous disciplines such as painting, photography, video, sculpture, performance, sound landscape and installation to give life to artworks that seek to break down the barriers and limits of time and space. The use of new technologies, in fact, allows me to take advantage of the strength of the hybrid nature of digital media to move in an infinite world of possibilities in which space has no limits. During the creation process I give priority to the intention with which I articulate the results, over the procedures used to find its purest expression.

Aware also that current reality is driven by the omnipresence of the internet, I try to understand and reflect the processes of socio-cultural change in constant transformation paying particular attention to new forms of identity, real and virtual, which are influenced by digital culture and the flow of information. My artworks are part of broad artistic projects in a continuous process of evolution over time, changing as living organisms: I believe that each piece has a complex personality that goes beyond my will as an author. An identity that follows the laws of free will and that is above matter itself. A breath, a heartbeat, a soul that follows its own path and moves by its own impulse: it is born, grows, feeds, reproduces, dies and is transformed, and thus continues drawing infinite maps.

Monica Mura

 

El Retrato (The Portrait) – Nos + Otras en Red, 2015 – 2017

Sa Diosa (detail) – Sas Diosas. Miradas, sa arèntzia mea, 2015