Monika Weiss, ‘Nirbhaya VIII-1’, 2016, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2016

Abstracting the ancient art of lamentation, artist Monika Weiss employs pen, paper, and her own body in her artistic process. Part installation, part performance, the personal becomes political. Weiss’s works confront historical acts of violence against women alongside the colonial subjugation of cities. Smudging graphite and charcoal in Nirbhaya VIII-1 (2016), Weiss creates a chiaroscuro of organic forms. She has been the subject of over 20 solo exhibitions, and is featured in public and private collections worldwide.


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About Monika Weiss

Monika Weiss works across media and uses her own body to explore questions of private and public memory. Based in New York, Weiss seeks to enliven materials and sites by injecting her emotions and body into scenes that are evocative of collective social traumas. Her performance piece Phlegethon-Milczenie (2005), which was reproduced as an installation, photographs, and video, features the artist crawling through a sea of open books, all of which were published before the end of World War II. The work references the burning of books in Nazi Germany and suggests the primacy of the body over the mind.

Polish, b. 1964, Warsaw, Poland, based in New York, NY, United States