My work is informed primarily by my strong relationship with nature. Whether working from direct observation or abstracting from memory and imagination, my interest is not in realistic rendering, but in conveying some quintessential quality or truth about my subject.
Using wood, metal, stone, paint, ink, and found objects, I look for that special element, that will best support the image, the idea, the certain kind of feeling motivating me.
It is my hope, that viewers may connect and engage their own imagination and sensibility and in that way arrive at their own interpretation and appreciation.
In 1999 she received the Lehman Foundation Grant for Travel and Study abroad, after completing her 3-year certificate program.
She is a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists and the Art League of Long Island. She has participated in many competitions and group shows, winning numerous awards, among them
1st Prize for Abstraction in 2006 and 1st Prize for Mixed Media in 2007 at the National Academy School. She also received the prestigious Anna Hyatt Huntington Bronze Medal at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club in 2008 for her graphic work and the Juror's Choice Award for Sculpture at the Art League of Long Island in 2010. In 2011 she was chosen as one of five emerging artists by the Print Club of New York.
Recently she has primarily focused on three-dimensional work and continues to explore new ideas and materials.
Monika Camillucci lives and works in New York.