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Monica DeSalvo received her BFA in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Her two-person show, "Mom & Pop" took place in June 2023 at Fountain Street Gallery in SoWa Boston, where she is a Core Member. Her work has been shown in juried and invitational exhibitions, has been featured in Juniper Rag and Artscope magazines, and is part of collections throughout the US and Europe. She lives and works out of her studio in Arlington, MA.
Monica DeSalvo’s work explores her late father’s dementia and the caregiving dyad by visually preserving his vivid recollections, hallucinations, and quotes into surreal mixed media works. DeSalvo's abstract imagery draws the viewer into "visual duets" created by combining her own artwork with her father’s paper memorabilia. After blending printmaking, drawing, and photography with items mined from her father’s life, DeSalvo uses collage to bridge the various media and fortify her often segmented compositions. Through this process, DeSalvo plays with exposing and camouflaging multiple storylines, discovered and elaborated in her shared experiences with her father’s dementia. His extraordinarily resilient spirit underlies DeSalvo’s visual exploration of the value and content of one’s inner life, even as the end nears, whether joyful or haunting.
Work for Sale
A selection of work is available for purchase through 1stDibs. All work on 1st Dibs is represented by Fountain Street Gallery.
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