Andrea Moni was born in Massachusetts, then spent her formative years in Southern California. She met her Argentine husband, Fabian, while she was exploring South America. They married and returned to San Diego where Andrea studied black and white photography. In 1995 the family moved to Argentina, where Andrea first started working with paint and color. She was touched by the local color and culture, but more importantly, she discovered that painting was her personal language, her vehicle to express her ideas and feelings. With the economic collapse of Argentina, the family returned to California.
Andrea's current body of work, simply titled “and”, represents an exploration and search for inner peace. The love of nature and the environment are an intrinsic component in that search. These works touch on the ups and downs in the human journey towards enlightenment. By incorporating objects found in everyday life, Andrea sends the message that by utilizing the abundant resources that are available all around us we can simultaneously create something new and exciting while minimizing damage to our natural environment. By utilizing these unorthodox materials we can help bring their own significance to the forefront and challenge ourselves to think about our own wasteful choices. A fallen piece of local Melaleuca bark graces the piece titled, “and rescue”, while eucalyptus bark gathered from Mason Park becomes the hair on the portrait named, “and just face it”.
Gallery Artist: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art http://www.occca.org/ARTISTS.html
"The materials speak to us, always telling the truth and reminding us of the beautiful world in which we live." Andrea Moni