Sheryl Budnik's avatar Sheryl Budnik

MONA is a collage tapestry of handmade papers from Thailand, gold foils, and money applied to a canvas back with rice glue. Coins, reflectors and other ephemera add complexity. The reflectors flash when you walk past and they catch the light. The original Mona painting has been in the news lately: 'something about her eyes being the seat of her smile' and questions about who posed for the painting. Mona is famous for being famous, she is THE ICON of the art world. My MONA interprets the smile in her eyes with handmade papers I brought from Thailand. In life — money, gold and art are entertwined. On this tapestry, MONA is given a contemporary luster of US and French money, gold foils, coins and shredded money. The reflector grids are a nod to Gustav Klimt who grounded his gilded images with graphic squares. The reflector coil in the center represents the gateway to the creative spirit. And, if you look closely, you will find a thin dime, as 'life often turns on a dime'.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Collage tapestry mounted on canvas
  • Width: 12
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 5