I work with a variety of materials such as threads, wool, ropes, fibers and textile waste, fabrics and clothes that I transform into works that connect me with elements of nature and with my country of origin, Brazil. Weaving, sewing, crochet, embroidery, handmade dyeing, printing, are some of the ways I explorein the construction of multiple pieces belonging to the different projects and series that I develop simultaneously.
In textile constructions, I explore organic forms, volumes, recesses, hollow, flatand and empty spaces in order to address one of the central points in my research, which is the notion of refuge. These refuges are explored both as formal elements observed in nature where I currently live in Michigan such as: animal shelter, insect or bird nests; or yet, concerning bodies as protective structures. Also, the refuges are treated from symbolic and abstract aspects extracted from the spaces of my childhood memories and popular culture that connects me to the place where I come from. I am also interested in the relationship between handicrafts and crafts, considered “traditional for women”, as a way to reflect on displacement, belonging, ancestry and popular modes of production in contemporary times.
Mônica Lóss is a multimedia visual artist, designer and art educator born in Brazil. She holds a Bachelor's degree and art of teaching degree in visual arts from the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil. At the same institution, she has a postgraduate degree in surface design and a Master's degree in art and education.
Later she moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she lived for 5 years and earned her PhD in arts from the Universidad de Barcelona. After that, she lived in São Paulo, Brazil for 4 years, worked on cultural and art consulting projects, published a photography book and wrote and illustrated a children's book. The last years she has participated in exhibitions in differents cities in Brazil , United States, Mexico and in some European countries.
She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan , where she works as a visual artist and designer, is a member of the artistic group Goma Grupa (@gomagrupa) and participates in the Extension Program Studio Apotheke in dissidence, of the UDESC (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina), Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Soledade, RS, Brazil | 1978
2013 - PhD in Arts, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
2007 - MA in Arts and Education, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil.
2005 - Postgraduate degree in Surface Design, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil.
2004 - Degree in Visual Arts - Art of teaching, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil.
2003 - Degree in Visual Arts- Bachelor, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil.
_Group of Apotheke Studies in Dissent. Apotheke Painting Studio Extension Program. UDESC (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina), Florianópolis, SC - Brazil.
_Critical monitoring laboratory for art work with Marcio Harum. Instituto Adelina, São Paulo - SP, Brazil.
_Workshop “Photografy and scena” with Elenize Dezgeniski, Rumo da Cultura, Curitiba - PR, Brazil
_Workshop “How to structure a cultural project” Piña Cultura, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
_Workshop “Women artists and Photography”, Espaço F / 508 de cultura, Brasília - DF, Brazil
_Introduction to feminist theories. UAbierta de la Universidad de Chile. Santiago, Chile.
Selected Group Exhibitions
_"Dissidências". Apotheke Virtual Gallery, CEART / UDESC. Florianópolis - SC, Brazil. (Link site)
_Goma 1.5 M. Goma Grupa. Virtual Gallery @ goma_1.5, Brazil (Link site)
_"Tramações. A memória e o têxtil". (Virtual exhibition). Capibaribe Gallery / UFPE. Recife, PE, Brazil. (Link site)
_V BIG - Guarulhos International Small Format Biennial. Guarulhos, SP, Brazil (Link site)
_1 ° SalãoNacional de Artes Visuais Virgínea Artigas. (Virtual exhibition). Artrilha, Brazil (Link site)
_3rd collective EIXO 2020. Eixo Arte contemporânea. (Virtual exhibition). Niterói,
RJ, Brazil. (Link site)
_Exposición online Internacional Casúlo (capullo/coccon). Hábitat transformador. Confluências de Arte, Clorinda, São Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. (Link site)
_Pandemic Action of Narratives (Virtual Exhibition). LEPPAIS / UFPEL, Pelotas, RS - Brazil (Link site)
_Threaded II. Envision Arts Gallery. (Virtual exhibition). Denton, TX, USA
_Deep Blue See. Ground Floor Gallery. Brooklyn, New York, USA. ( In Artsy)
_Perspective: Small. Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
_Art for the holidays. WSG HolidayShow. WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
_97th Annual All Media Exhibition. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
_Imaginaris femeninis. Ser donna. Centre Cívic Barceloneta, Barcelona, Catalunya, Espanya.
_Places- International Collective exhibition from the art and design group. Gallery Nelson Elwanger, Campus Silveira Martins/UFSM, Silveira Martins, RS, Brazil
_Art for the holidays. WSG Holiday Show. WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
_Brazilian Contemporary Jewels - Reflection_Necklaces - Galerija ARgenTUM, Vilnius, Lithuania; Embassy of Brazil, Stockholm, Sweden.
_Brazilian Contemporary Jewels - Reflection_Necklaces - KORU6, Helsinki, Finland.
_Afectos Entramados -Universidad de Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, México.
_Places - International Collective exhibition of the Art and Design Group. Gallery Cláudio Carriconde, Centro de Artes e Letras, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
_Reflection_Necklaces . A CASA Museu do objeto Brasileiro. São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
_Art for the holidays. WSG Holiday Show. WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
_Surface Design Perspective. Gallery Cláudio Carriconde, Centro de Artes e Letras, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
_“Ten”, Colletive Exibhition from group of design and art, Year 10, Gallery Cláudio Carriconde, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
_Mail art and Nature. Centro de Artes e Letras, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
Solo exhibitions and special projects
_Latin Artists Cultural Collection - 2020. Latin Artists, Brazil (Link site)
_Silence, Instalation in Aquarium Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
_Ropa al viento, colective book of artists, Espacio de Arte OSDE, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
_Inversions, Spazio d’arte Gallery, Italian association of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil
_Straitjacket, Tuesday Cultural Project, Black Box Theater, Centro de Artes e Letras, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
_Eye into eye. Soledade Cultural Center, Soledade, RS, Brazil.
_Eyes, Spazio d’arte Gallery, Italian Association of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
Scholarship CAPES for develop the master degree reserch in Art and Education at Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rs, Brazil
Video “Carneação” selected work in Santa Maria Video and Cinema, Prefeitura Municipal de Santa Maria e RBS, RS, Brazil.
2nd place for the instalation “Manipulet eyes” 1st Salão de Artes Plásticas de Gravataí, Fundarc, Gravataí, RS, Brazil.
Selected work in XX Salão Universitário de Artes Plásticas, Museu de Arte de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.
Como apresentar o tempo e o [co]existir na atualidade? Revista [Compor] v.1 / 2020 - UDESC (Link magazine)
International Catalog Coletivo Meio Cura - Multiformat book edition. Flotar Programa, Pac, Harmonipan Editions. Mexico, 2020
PROJECT 2020 - 4th Call. Online publication and exhibition. UFSM / PPGART. Santa Maria, RS, Brazil. (Link to publication)
AR - Acervo Rotativo. Curated by Laerte Ramos. São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Residência Volante (4th ed.) Maskarada Collective, Brasília, DF, Brazil