Showing April 1 – June 2018
Reception: June 29 at Grove Salon
“Facets” is a collection of self portraits, each drawn live in one sitting, while looking at myself in the mirror. I study my features by following the contour lines of my structure, mirroring what I see onto my paper, while barely looking down at my drawing. I choose my colors and media instinctively, channelling emotion onto the paper like a flamenco artist channels emotions with distinctive patterns on the floor.
These self portraits are documentations of a particular time in my life where I felt as if in a desert, a long imposed extended period of waiting, unsure of where I was going, unsatisfied, but holding on nevertheless. What arises ultimately out of these portraits is Defiance. Without words, these portraits say what I truly know about myself and my own power. Self worth is beyond circumstance.
Born in 1985 in Périgueux, France, Monribot’s international upbringing spans over 4 continents. Monribot studied foundation arts at Rhode Island School of Design, and received her BFA in Fashion Design in 2009 from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, Paris, France.
After working for luxury fashion houses in Paris (Dior, Hermes, Ann Valerie Hash), London (Hardy Amies), and Antwerp (Ann Demeulemeester), Monribot moved to San Francisco in 2014 to grow her artistic practice.
Monribot’s education and experience in art and fashion result in a unique perspective, a quest to express, promote, and ennoble the human person. For Monribot, fashion, painting, darkroom photography, and ceramics — as well as dancing, acting and singing — all represent one theme; the undeniable need to express, to delight with emotion and strength, and a wish to inspire.