Monique van de Ven | Royalton Memorial Library | Shows | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice


Monique van de Ven

When: Sept. 29-Dec. 5 2015

Despite its name, “Gleaned Near South Royalton” is not a show of found-object artwork, but rather of fossil-like ceramics imprinted and textured with found objects — things the artist encounters while walking in her favorite spots near the White River. “I discover artifacts that I find lovely or intriguing,” she says, offering examples that include “feathers, leaves, skeletal remains, bark, animal feet, beer cans, rusty car parts [and] worn-out snow tires.” She uses these treasures both to inspire and form her clay slab sculptures, which are “made to look like they were perhaps excavated.” Van de Ven’s emphasis on tactility is more than incidental: Losing one of her eyes in 2013 prompted her to move away from watercolors and into the unknown. “I knew this was the perfect time to leave my ‘flat art’ comfort zone,” she says.


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