Monica Perez Vega

Contemporary Artist | My Life in Trees

ABOUT

Monica’s work explores ideas of uncertainty and adaptation and her imagined landscapes sit between nostalgia and unease. Originally from California, she has lived in Montreal, Amsterdam, London and Birmingham, UK. Her memories of home are warped by a changing landscape, and experiences of continually starting over have led to a practice which investigates cycles of change. Her interest in skies is about both transience and presence, as well as a wider concern for the environment. Trees on the other hand, are anthropomorphic figures which tell a story of steady resilience.

Monica paints in a range of media and her sculptures are assembled from found, gifted and reclaimed material, including former paintings. There is an act of letting go within her practice as she embraces endings as beginnings. Interested in the potential between renewal or collapse, she relies on disruption as a search for hope amid precarity.

EDUCATION

  • 2022 Turps Correspondance Course
  • 2019 MFA, with Merit, Slade School of Fine Art, London
  • 2005 BFA, with distinction, California College of the Arts, San Francisco

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2023

  • Mud-luscious: the resilience of joy, Malvern Library, Great Malvern (upcoming)
  • The Worcester Open 2023 (Climate Change Edition), The Art House, Worcester (Honourable mention)

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

ADDITIONAL

2022

  • Workshop facilitator, Art in Heart, CIC, Birmingham
  • Guest Artist, Ikon Slowboat, Walsall
  • ‘Common Ground’ CPD, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
  • Associate Artist, Ikon gallery/ in collab. with local schools, Birmingham

2021

  • Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader, Gallery 37/ Punch Records, Centrala, Birmingham
  • Adult Creative Workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham
  • Family Saturday art workshop, Ikon gallery, Birmingham (online)

2020

  • Curator, Small Works Art Gallery, London/Birmingham
  • Materials Club, STEAMhouse, Birmingham
  • Sporadic Assemblage, ongoing collaboration with Steph Shipley, Birmingham/Lancaster

2019   

  • The Lionel Anthony Charitable Trust Award for Excellence in the Arts, London
  • Slade Summer School Art Education Residency and Artists’ Talk, London
  • Raw Materials: PLASTICS, Bow Arts, London

2018   

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Preview: Worcester Open Climate Change Exhibition, Slapmag. 13 January 2023
  • My Life in Trees, Self-published, 2021
  • SOLACE, zine project by Matthew Magill, September 2020
  • Moseley B13 Magazine, issue #511, September 2020
  • Exhibition | Monica Perez Vega: ‘To the Trees,’ Ruth Millington. 25 July 2020
  • Average Art, Issue #44, March 2020
  • Chic Chats #27: Monica Perez VegaLawfully Chic. 5 Aug. 2019
  • Raw Materials: PLASTICS, May 2019
  • WOTISART?, issue #11, Feb. 2018
  • Novelty Magazine, issue #11, March 2018
  • Fresh Paint Magazine, issue #9, Oct. 2015

WORK AVAILABLE

For full CV, please inquire.