Statement

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.

Bio

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.

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Mônica Lóss

Soledade, RS, Brazil, 1978


Education

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.


Additional education 

2020 

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 

 2019 

Introduction to feminist theories. UAbierta de la Universidad de Chile. Santiago, Chile.


Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

"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, U.S.A 

Deep Blue See.  Ground Floor Gallery. Brooklyn, New York, USA. ( In Artsy)

2019

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.

2018

Places- International Collective exhibition from the art and design group. Gallery Nelson Elwanger, Campus Silveira Martins, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, 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.

Brazilian Contemporary Jewels - Reflection_Necklaces - 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.

2017

Art for the holidays. WSG Holiday Show. WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

2015

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

2020

Latin Artists Cultural Collection - 2020. Latin Artists, Brazil (Link site)

2019

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.

2004

Inversions, Spazio d’arte Gallery, Italian association of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil

2002

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.


Awards

2006

Scholarship CAPES for develop the  master degree reserch in Art and Education at Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rs, Brazil

2005

Video “Carneação” selected work in Santa Maria Video and Cinema, Prefeitura Municipal de Santa Maria e RBS, RS, Brazil.

​2001

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.


Publications

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)

Public Collection 

AR - Acervo Rotativo. Curated by Laerte Ramos. São Paulo, SP, Brazil.


Residency

Residência Volante  (4th ed.) Maskarada Collective, Brasília, DF, Brazil 


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