An exhibition of
sculpture, drawings, and installations by Claudia DeMonte, work
informed through her travels and observation of sentiments,
challenges, issues, and dreams of women universally, will open at
the June Kelly Gallery on October 20. The exhibition will
remain on view through December 6.
The exhibition, entitled
Sogni, Italian for dreams, reflects DeMonte’s grasp of
memories played out as dreams of imaginary events experienced in the
mind while asleep.
Perchance to dream …, says
DeMonte, my art has evolved to dreams which accompanied by memories
are the only “things” for which we truly hold authentic and singular
ownership. This sense of proprietorship has fueled my work at
this critical juncture in today’s world and at this crossroad in my
life. The work portrays my identity, my sentiments of
otherness, empathy, inclusion, and gratitude which speak to all
audiences. And the audiences that comprised my childhood in
Queens, NY– the most ethnically diverse borough in the United
States. I took all the dreams of those “dreamers” in my
lifetime along with me.
My dreams are the
informers of my art. The interpretations of dreams and how
determined we must be to fulfill them led me to where I stand today.
I used dreams, memories, and the issues facing us all in high art
materials such as bronze as well as craft – women embroiderers in
Morocco - to create a mix that conveys the soul of everyone’s dreams
that have a global voice and resonance.
DeMonte’s portrayals of
women through earlier exhibitions reflect evolution of the gender.
Fully aware of the multiple roles that are mirrored worldwide based
on being female and the expectations thereof, DeMonte employs an
array of media, bronze sculpture, charcoal on paper drawings of
fragmented forms perhaps metaphorically, as the act of dreaming.
Determination and grit are
key roles of DeMonte’s sculptures…from earlier homemaker with pewter
everyday items, traveler with luggage tags from around the world,
consumer with archetypical high-end Birkin handbag, all encrusted
with pewter pictographic configurations, to her last exhibit with
navigator, depicted as a mature woman in sturdy shoes balancing
proficiently as she sails on a skateboard, and now, Leap of Faith,
2022 with woman atop staircase positioned to dive into space.
Perhaps, to dive into her dreams for as DeMonte’s installation of
Tote Bags with embroidered wording, “You Can’t Take it With You.”
My works here reflect
today’s world and how women globally are navigating. Much can
be downsized, says DeMonte, but never one’s dreams nor their origin.
DeMonte lives and works in
New York City and Miami Beach, FL. She received a bachelor's
degree from College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore and an
MFA from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
DeMonte's work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions
nationally and internationally. The many public and private
collections in which she is represented include the Brooklyn Museum,
New York; Bass Museum, Miami, FL; Flint Institute of Art, MI; Hood
Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; Mississippi Museum of
Art, Jackson, MS; Lowe Museum, Miami Beach, FL; New Orleans Museum
of Art, LA; Indianapolis Museum of Art; University of Maryland,
College Park; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA;
Portland Museum of Art, ME; Contemporary Art Museum, Villa Rufolo,
Ravello, Italy; Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland; and University
of Oldenburg, Germany.