Monica DiGiovanni:

Monica DiGiovanni:
Monica DiGiovanni - Perfect in the Imperfection

…moment to moment…

July 1 – 31, 2022

Opening reception: Friday, July 1, 4-8pm

Artist’s Talk: Thursday, July 7, 6:30 – 7:30. In person and online via Zoom – join here.

Poetry Reading and Closing Reception: July 29 – Monica will read a selection sutra excerpts and from her favorite poets. ​In person and online via Zoom – join here.

…moment to moment… features Zen circles, or ensō, paintings inspired by Monica’s Zen art practice, a year in recovery from post-concussion syndrome, meditations on consciousness, interconnection, impermanence, intimacy, resilience of the human spirit, and her many years as a yoga practitioner. Starting in 2019, painting an ensō became a way for Monica to return to equilibrium and continued through the pandemic to come to terms with isolation, great loss, and a traumatic brain injury. Ancient Buddhist text says that a moment of perception takes seventeen seconds. Each single-brushstroke painting takes about the same amount of time to paint and yet contains everything leading up to the act of creation. With over sixty paintings hung together, the show asks the viewer for deeper intimacy in order to consider their own relationship to time, intention, and personal experience. Each piece is poetically titled with phrases from Zen teachings, scripture, and poetry. Viewers are invited to experience the show with or without awareness of titles and dates that place the images on a timeline in relationship to the pandemic. In the ten years that Monica has been a yoga teacher, she often reads poetry and sutra excerpts in her classes much of which has inspired the artwork. All are welcome.