I first posted about Monica Zeringue in 2006, so it's wonderful to get notice of her NYC show opening in a couple weeks. "Goddesses and Monsters" pushes many of my happy buttons: it's mythic and feminine and psychological and strange. Can't wait to see these autobiographical graphite wonders in person at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery - show is up from April 1-23rd:
I continue to use the self-portrait, but the little girls of my past work are now fully matured women. As goddesses, monsters and mortals, they continue in the same struggle for power and identity. In these new works, I take on many forms. I am a beast, a savior, a nurturer, frightened, and then frightening. I cast myself as both Hercules and the monsters he must overcome. Artemis, Ophelia, Leda, Daphne, yet I am always myself. Transition and flux remain a preoccupation in my work. By using familiar symbols and imagery in a new, disrupted context, I imbue the ordinary with new possibilities.
Monica Zeringue received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Orleans in 2006, and her BA in 1993. In 1999 she was awarded the Prix de l'Acadamie de Paris, Societe Internationale des Beaux-Arts. She had exhibited her work at the Meadows Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, and the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art with a solo exhibition, as well as numerous gallery solo exhibitions in New Orleans since 1999. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout the United States. Zeringue's work in included in the public collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Diane and Sandy Besser collection, Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Los Angeles, CA, the Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, and the Arts Council of New Orleans. Zeringue lives and works in New Orleans.