Monica D. Murgia is a New York City based artist, photographer, and writer. Monica received her Master's Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and went on to teach fashion and art courses at several colleges in New York City and Los Angeles. During her time as a professor, her artistic process was profoundly impacted by her students and introducing new ways for them to develop their own practices. She developed an original curriculum that explored the link between synesthesia and creativity.
Influenced by those developments, Monica works in a variety of media and styles. She is primarily interested in capturing moods, emotions, and sensory perceptions in her artwork. She's explained:
"The materials end up determining my style. I'm not really interested in painting or drawing something lifelike, because that is best captured in my photography. Drawing and painting allow me to access another part of the composition that photography cannot. I'm able to show the viewer what I'm sensing and feeling; things that otherwise get passed over in a snapshot. So, my portraits won't be a total likeness of the model, but will instead show parts of their personality or emotional state. The same with my paintings which tend to be the most abstract. They are a window to what I'm experiencing from a total environment."
Monica's research and theories have been published by the University of Warwick, and her artwork is in many private collections. Her additional publications include contributions fashion history and textile encyclopedias. Monica also maintains a blog, which you can visit here.