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 has 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 artwork was featured in the New American Paintings 2011 and 2013. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions throughout the United States, including the recent Crescent City Connection exhibition at the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, TX. Her work has also been exhibited at numerous art fairs including VOLTA 10 (Basel, Switzerland), Miami Project, Art Market San Francisco and Texas Contemporary (Houston). Most recently, Zeringue has been awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Zeringue's work is included in various 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.
STATEMENT |||; My drawings, which are typically on primed lined, incorporate fine graphite lines and shading, often with embroidered thread. The subjects are repeated versions of myself — self-portraits in multiples as an exploration of identity —existing in private spaces, impervious to outside forces. Their world is defined by the emptiness of the blank spaces. Hair is a primary focus, both symbolically and structurally. It binds the girls together and overtly wraps abound their bodies and surroundings, and often is the only indication of movement in the composition. Both the subject matter and the techniques are intimate and sensual while conjuring feelings of displacement and stagnancy. But this complacency slowly gives rise to growth and change, or at least the potential for change.