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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Monica Lundy

"I am interested in how society identifies “criminality”, and how this perception shifts as
 society evolves. This series of mixed media paintings focuses on “Prostitutes”: women
 whose jobs were seduction, while simultaneously enduring dubious fates fraught with
 uncertainty and danger. Black, pulverized charcoal and glittery, mica flake compose
 these paintings, which are based upon SFPD mug shots of women who were arrested for
 prostitution in the 1940s. The juxtaposition of the black, gritty charcoal against the
 shimmery mica flake draws parallels to the dualities of seduction and ruggedness inherent
 in the lives of these subjects. Working with these photos of female “criminals”, many of
 who had clearly been victims of physical assault themselves, also began conjuring
 questions about situations in which the perceived “criminal” may also, in fact, be the


Monica Lundy is a Bay Area artist based in Oakland, CA. Her practice is based upon historical research conducted at state and federal archives. In 2011 she was presented the unique opportunity to have her work exhibited on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. She received a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and a MFA from Mills College in 2010. In 2010 she was also awarded the Jay DeFeo Prize. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Visual Art Source and The San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications.


2011 - 2nd Place Award by Kenneth Baker, “Shattered”, Marin MOCA, Novato, CA.
2010 - Jay DeFeo Award, Mills College, Oakland, CA.

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