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Ardele Monk (1986) is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Washington, DC, who now lives and works in Detroit, MI. She received her Bachelor's in Fine Arts (honors) from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan with a concentration in fine arts and fiber. Monk then received her Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Ardele’s work explores ideas surrounding personal taste, factual fantasy, and the obscure. She explores these ideas through experimentation, object making and research. In her practice, she utilizes various materials, from fiber to found objects. She transforms the material through various techniques including embellishment, collage, and experimental media to create physical artifacts, videos, and installations. Folk art, visionary worlds, pop culture, and domestic adornment influence the items and environments she creates.
Her work has been shown in Washington DC, Maryland, Michigan, Florida, and South Carolina. In 2021 she the finalist in The Detroit Artists Market Annual Scholarship show. Ardele is a member of the Surface Design Association, Detroit Fiber Club, and the Detroit Theater Organ Society.