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February 25 - March 19, 2022

Mona Dworkin
Resilience


Gallery B

Opening Reception
Friday, February 25, 2022
6:00-9:00pm
Free and Open to the Public

Artist Talks
Saturday, February 26, 2022
2:00-3:00pm
Free and Open to the Public

'The Teaching of the Heart,' 2021, Mixed Media Painting, 24 x 24 inches, by Mona Dworkin

The Teaching of the Heart
2021, Mixed Media Painting
24 x 24 inches


'Love and Hate are Learned Early,' 2021, Mixed Media Painting, 20 x 24 inches, by Mona Dworkin

Love and Hate are Learned Early
2021, Mixed Media Painting
20 x 24 inches

'Captive of Her Beliefs,' 2021, Mixed Media Painting, 24 x 36 inches, by Mona Dworkin

Captive of Her Beliefs
2021, Mixed Media Painting
24 x 36 inches


Artist Statement

Influenced by the country's social instability and racial divide, my paintings are visual narratives on race, resilience and the fragility of human connections. Through my paintings I explore injustices towards women and people of color. I see my artwork as my battle cry; the opportunity to awaken sensitivities in others who fail to see the abuses people of color encounter.

Through my paintings, I give a voice to generations of people who have been abused by systematic racism. Adding a distressed texture to the surface of the canvas is symbolic of the physical and emotional pain inflicted on people of color. When we fail to acknowledge man's inhumanity towards others - we are complicit in their acts.

My father was an inquisitive and kind man who gave me many gifts. Through observations and our long talks I learned the powerful art of resilience. It is a theme that reverberates throughout my work and life. Elements of race, gender and relationships are portrayed as fragmented and sometimes disparate with recognizable eyes staring back at the viewer.  This body of work similarly echoes themes of uncertainty.  The current social climate where we are acutely aware of, and often tormented by others, begs us to consider the vast and unknowable potentials of our futures.  

Incorporating found objects and ephemera collected adds personal context of women's shared experiences.  Artworks with couples represent a time in my life when I questioned my standing in a relationship and the power play of give and take.

Painting is cathartic, having the opportunity to share my work brings me great joy.

I studied art at the State University of New Paltz, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education.  Raised in Hartsdale, New York, I divide my time between NYC and  Richmond, Virginia.

Website: monadworkin.com



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