Mónica Coelho is a visual artist from Lisbon.
Graduated in 2020, with an MFA in Studio Art from San Francisco Art Institute with a Fulbright / Fundação Carmona e Costa Scholarship award and finished a BFA in Visual Art at Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainha in 2015.
I am interested in how we, as humans, function (body), what we believe, how we behave, and the distance between those parts of us. I am interested in how reality is perceived. I see art as the creator of an experience to be completed by each person’s own perspective of the world.
To test my own perception and others, I often use space, I believe space is a very powerful tool in how the present is experienced, and how decisions are made even without being aware of them. Using these elements, my work points at the nonsense of the world and helps me understand it. The process of making is an important part of the final pieces.
In the last two years, I have been focused on understanding Time. I started by exploring waiting spaces and moments, which let me think and work on gestures of hope. I realized that waiting and hoping come from the same verb in Portuguese, Esperar. Lately, I have been exploring time as a measurement. In my work, I seek to understand how the passage of time is counted and organized versus how it is perceived daily and what marks it leaves on things.
Sem título, 2014
Collage and pen on paper
8,7 x 28,5 cm