A self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Québec, Monnet uses cinema, painting, sculpture and installation to demonstrate a keen interest in communicating complex ideas around Indigenous identity and bicultural living through the examination of cultural histories. Her work is often minimalistic while emotionally charged and speaks to the beautifully intricate limbo of indigenous peoples today. Monnet has made a signature for working with industrial materials, combining the vocabulary of popular and traditional visual-cultures with the tropes of modernist abstraction to create unique hybrid forms. Monnet is always in the stage on experimentation and invention, both for herself and for the work.
About the Work
The patterns I’ve created were made in honour of the life and passing of my good friend and mother in law June Spence. She was a strong and inspiring indigenous women who at a young age delved into art-making but never pursued her talent. She made one painting using a similar pattern at a young age and later gave it to me years ago. I felt compelled to explore her pattern as a way to deal with grief but also honour her legacy and support she showed me in my artistic career.
Each panel is named after her. They represent the unknown territories between worlds and transitions. Grey zones between borders, between different states/stages.
Materials and technique are in line with my practice, influenced by architecture and geometry, constantly exploring industrial materials within my indigenous reality.