Monica DeSalvo is a mixed-media artist and graphic designer living in Arlington, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She is an Associate Artist at Fountain Street Gallery in SoWa Boston, a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum, and of the Arlington Center for the Arts. DeSalvo was one of eight artists selected from over 60 applicants to be featured in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual juried exhibition "8 Visions" during August 2021.
Monica DeSalvo’s recent work explores her late father's dementia by untangling his quotes, deciphering his hallucinations, and preserving his vivid recollections. DeSalvo draws the viewer into her abstracted compositions blended with contour drawings, printmaking, and painting while freely using collage to combine representational and abstract imagery. Through a process of deconstructing, reconstructing, and layering she arrives at images that are both camouflaged and distinguished in surface and depth. Her imagery is interwoven with quiet storytelling, and her use of text is interspersed like sprinkles of thought bridging her monotypes and complex collages.
For DeSalvo, using her father’s memorabilia as collage elements or as found paper is like performing a duet. This theme allows her to continue investigating and building their relationship. Dementia let DeSalvo uncover an extraordinarily resilient spirit in her father. Through her work, she aims to expose the value and content— whether joyful or haunting—of one’s inner life toward the end of life.
Work for sale
A selection of work is available for purchase through 1st Dibs. All work on 1st Dibs is represented by Fountain Street Gallery.