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BASCHA MON

Born on November 3, 1932, in Newark, New

Proust and Freud swiftly influenced a new

Jersey, Bascha Mon belongs to a generation

series of works. Mon’s work draws inspira-

of artists whose works are driven by the

tion from many of the movements of our

conditions that shape today’s world and in-

day, including minimalism, conceptual art,

spired by how we engage with its complex

land art, feminism and various combinations

issues, be they humanitarian, political – or

thereof. She has been creating art for more

just plain complicated. »I have taken up the

than 50 years – on and off, alongside bear-

old philosophical question of how daily life,

ing and rearing two sons! She has received

work, relationships affect us«, Mon told me.

grants from the New York Foundation of the

Within the tension of her chosen subject, her

Arts Relief Fund and was invited to a resi-

paintings and drawings conjure up an en-

dency at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in

dearing sense of vulnerability, strength and

Woodstock, New York. She studied at the

sensibility. As a child, she spent the sum-

Art Students League of New York and has

Bascha Mon's current body of work – apt-

mers at her grandparents' farm adjacent to

taught privately at various schools in New

ly entitled »New Land« – addresses diver-

a lake, and later summers were passed on

Jersey.

sity and the current state of humanity. Be-

the Jersey shores. Water and its reflections

ing surrounded by her art is an experience

thus play a major part in her paintings. The

Bascha, keep up the good work. And never

akin to being immersed in a vast energetic

Indonesian tsunami in 2004 brought forth

give up! See you this spring or summer in

field. On paper, every work starts at noth-

»Tsunami: Loss«. Then, in 2011, the intensity

Morristown!

ing, her pen or brush following a pattern that

of water had an even greater impact when

creates seemingly of its own will. Minimal

her own studio was destroyed by Hurricane

forms find voice in her work, which is clearly

Irene. A new studio precipitated a new dawn

inspired by a profound intuition about the

and fresh imagery, as Mon switched from

world around her.

encaustic wax to oil paints. Early studies of

BEING SURROUNDED BY BASCHA MON'S. ART IS LIKE BEING IMMERSED IN A VAST. ENERGETIC FIELD..

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