Every week ArtisticMoods invites an artist to tell us something about the ambitions behind their work. This week we give the word to Monica Lerda, who talks about her colorful Wonderland series; a beautiful collection of people, animals and objects that emerged from her life and dreams.
I’m an Italian artist. Fifteen years ago I moved from the Langhe vineyards of Piedmont to Milan in order to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. Recently, I’ve focused my creative energy mainly on acrylic painting, without neglecting the sheer source of inspiration I still find in sculpture.
My artistic experience made me realize the profound influence of the creative process on my own personal and spiritual growth. When I paint I feel I can get a deeper insight into my inner self.
The structure of my works originates from a blend of old memories and daily visions. I paint animals, people and objects that I meet both in everyday life and in my dreams: I merge them by producing new colours, dimensions and stories. The characters I narrate seem motionless, as if suspended in a frozen contrast with the background which is defined by bright and intense colours.
The chromatic impact, sometimes extreme and prevailing, is my representation of the violence of our times.
Each painting is the tale of a visual and spiritual journey. I envision this as the beginning of a story that claims to be continued and finished by others.
The “story” begins with a sort of epiphany of images coming to me without any logical consistence. I sketch them on paper and try to assemble them until I get an unmistakable recognition of their intimate relation. Then I begin working on the reciprocal dimensions of these subjects according to the meaning I want to enforce. At this point of the creative process I begin working on the colours that can better represent the interior quality of every single image, their relation to each other and to the background in order to evoke a narrative emotion in the audience.
I think it is very important for artists to get a feedback on their work. In my case, since the stories I tell through my paintings have open developments, people’s response is even more crucial. This is the reason why I decided to show my works online.