BIOGRAPHY OF MONICA MORGANTI
I am a Rome-based self-taught artist and I have specialized in Mandala artworks for nearly 25 years.
Mandala are geometric figures equipped with a powerful symbolic charge: the circle that characterizes them is a form that gives order to the world, both internal and external. Being I also a practicing Jungian psychoanalyst, Mandala is the idea of a center of personality, to which everything is related, and that is a source of energy.
My artwork is like a journal of my soul; each image represents a specific time as I express my soul through acrylic colors and additional materials such as gold and silver dust, stones, tissues, pearls, Swarovski crystals and collage. I use different narrative symbols to serve as languages of the unconscious, connecting the emotional context of my artworks to the viewer. When I paint I find peace – an emotional moment similar to meditation. The unconscious speaks and I create what I planned yet with another unexpected level which takes even me by surprise. So whenever I paint a new picture, I clarify my mind and find peace in my heart.
My process begins with a specific emotion, which conjures a series of colors and symbols in an associative process that results in works that are at once complex and arresting. In addition to bold, dominant acrylic tones I often adds other materials to my geometric and floral paintings. Each piece resonates evocatively despite coming from a very personal, subconscious place. Indeed, that mysterious generative source adds power to each piece, forming a strikingly intimate and powerful link with the viewer. The canvases combine organic, figurative forms with geometric shapes and abstract patterns that evoke traditions as varied as Ottoman mosaics and Art Deco architecture. Digging through our collective unconscious, I find buried treasure.
The result has a great emotional effect on my audience.
I don’t travel only inside my soul because I really love to know different countries and cultures and I have travelled all over the world: Arab Emirates, Oman, Jordan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mianmar, Singapore, China, Europe. So my paintings are a mixture of languages and symbols of different peoples and my artworks are a cultural melting pot.