Pulchritude, a word that sounds ugly, means beauty. Monica Banks’ latest series of porcelain confections and celebratory cakes embraces this paradox. Rendered in delectable pastel hues, her ceramic “domestic monuments” consider ugliness, tragedy, and asymmetry inherent in even the most beautiful moments. Every celebration calls to mind events that preceded it; the happiest days of the year occur in a world dampened by violence and cruelty. She has said, “All moments deserve a tribute, whether those moments are hopeful or tragic.” Her cakes continue to serve as empathic memorials honoring animals and humans, as well as objects and mythical characters.
This work comes with a plexiglas box with a wood base for display.
Series: Pulchritude series
Image rights: Gary Mamay photography
Sara Nightingale Gallery July 2018