BIO:
Ardele Monkkonen is a visual artist, born and raised in Washington, DC. She works in multiple medias and her work is primarily based on lore, faith, loss, history, and pop-culture. Her work has been shown in Washington DC, Maryland, Florida, and Michigan. 

She currently resides in Detroit, MI, but will always consider DC her home.

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The processes of collaging is central to my working methodology; the connecting and layering of forms through traditional and nontraditional techniques. The work I create takes inspiration from historic and contemporary artifacts including personal mementos, objects of

faith, and everyday objects that are overlooked. The work evolves as an assemblage of mass-produced materials and various marks and symbols to communicate narratives of folklore, human emotion, and a longing for the past. Materials used to convey this include; found objects

(pop culture trinkets and religious icons), fabric, wood, paint, and wool.

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