Mary-Ann Monforton’s “Sanctuary: Birds” series is a part of a larger body of work examining the dynamics of our relationship to the natural world and the tender balance of our fragile and pillaged ecosystem. Looking like something you’d find at the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Venice, CA, the birds are made of wire mesh, plaster, gauze, graphite, and acrylic. The sculptures then become models for the drawings, creating a self-referential loop echoing the spread of misinformation in our dangerous climate of science denial. Metaphorically speaking, the series serves as a sort of humorous prophecy of a not-so-alternate timeline in which empirical observation is secondary to popularism, and the complex overlap of innocence and ignorance.
Mary-Ann Monforton is the long time Associate Publisher of BOMB Magazine. She has been a curator involved in the downtown New York art scene and has since 2013 re-engaged with her own studio practice and was recently shown at the 2019 Spring Break Art Fair as well as featured in and co-curator of the traveling art exhibition, Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, which ran from May 2018 - March 2019 and accompanied the acclaimed documentary Boom for Real by Sara Driver. Monforton has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the Spring of 2019 she received the Prix de Print in Art in Print Magazine for her lithograph, e-cigarettes, printed and published by Maurice Sanchez of Derriere L'Etoile Studios LIC, NY.