LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
United States of America
Monica Lundy is an Italian American artist whose mixed media paintings and drawings are based on in-depth research conducted internationally at archives and museums. With the intention of unearthing stories forgotten in time, her work commemorates places and people who have been historically marginalized: psychiatric hospital patients, prison inmates, sex workers, and a host of other lost, forgotten souls. She has researched in London at Wellcome Library Archives and Manuscripts Collection as well as Bethlem Museum of the Mind, In Washington DC at The Smithsonian Institution, in California at The California State Archives, San Francisco History Center, and The National Park Service Archives, and in Rome at Santa Maria della Pietà Archives, among other locations. With an emphasis on site-specific installation painting, Lundy’s work utilizes non-traditional painting media, such as liquid porcelain, rusted steel and an ephemeral painting process that utilizes terra cotta clay applied directly to the wall. Her site-specific installations have been exhibited on Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park (San Francisco), Montalvo Arts Center, de Saisset Museum, the Mandrione district (Rome) and Rome’s historic, decommissioned psychiatric hospital Santa Maria della Pietà. Other notable exhibitions include: Nancy Toomey Fine Art (San Francisco); Turner Carroll Gallery (Santa Fe); Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles); San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Berkeley Arts Center; and Museo Laboratorio della Mente (Rome).
Lundy holds an MFA in painting from Mills College (2010) and a BFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1996). She has been the recipient of an Irvine Fellowship, San Francisco Arts Commission Grant and the Jay DeFeo Award and has been an artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome, Montalvo Arts Center’s Lucas Artist Program and Stoney Road Press (Dublin).
She is the subject of a recent monograph, Monica Lundy, edited by Giuliana Benassi and published by Silvana Editoriale (2022).
WHO I AM
I am an American-born, Italian American artist who has lived in Saudi Arabia, USA and Italy.
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