In the heart of Oakland, California, Monica Canilao spends her days stitching, painting, printing, and breathing life into the refuse that dominates our time and place. Moving across media, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone, Canilao makes a delicate visual record of the personal and communal. She received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and has shown in galleries, community spaces, abandoned places and … worldwide."Art is a way to communicate and engage with others transcending distance, time, or place. My images and installations, like the communities and experiences they draw upon, become symbiotic. My life and art are modes of intentional living borrowing from native traditions and contemporary subcultures. You take care of one another. You draw strength and nourishment from your roots. You use and appreciate what you have. "- Monica CanilaoHere is the conversation with the Monica Canilao:
Monica Canilao and her collaborative works with artist SWOON
Monica Canilao and her work with The Painted Desert Project
Monica Canilao, Siren, 2014, for Mimicry. Mixed media, tea bags, lace, collaged paper and thread on found file folder and vintage pin up
Sedna of the North. A Collaborative work featured in Monica Canilao's Born From Ruins exhibition
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