Monika Plioplyte

Second year

detail of artist's work

Monika was born in Kaunas, Lithuania and moved to United States with her family in her early teens. She received her BFA in printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (‘12). While living and working in Boston, Plioplyte was the founder of Iron Wolf Press; a printmaking studio and artist collective in the South End area as well as co-director at Piano Craft Gallery. Currently she is residing, working as a teacher’s assistant and pursuing her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (anticipated ‘19). Her work presents the tensions between the experience of pleasure and pain, sacrifice and liberation, and the struggle between the psychological and physical self. I am constantly fascinated with representation of the body and its inescapability. Ceramic pieces resembling bones and leather possessing skin-like qualities, present the vitality of a living organism. While some of the works embrace the medical-industrial character of the materials such as rubber, latex and stainless steel, the incorporation of materials such as clay, leather, twine and wood blur the line between the body and its origins. I insert found objects such as electrical components or metal scraps with curiosity of how their distinct auras and histories interact with the materials at hand. The work becomes threatening by these mutations and interior spaces because they are at once recognizable and foreign, attractive and repulsive.

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