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 has exhibited in the Boston area including Bromfield Gallery, Brookline Arts Center, the Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Arts, Fountain Street Gallery, and the Attleboro Arts Museum.
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 selected as one of eight artists to show in the Attleboro Arts Museums 2021 "8 Visions" exhibition. The group was chosen from 61 applicants over two rounds of jurying.
Monica DeSalvo’s practice is immersed in expressing states of mind. Her recent work explores her late father's dementia, uncovering who he was by untangling his quotes, deciphering his hallucinations, and hanging onto his vivid recollections. Memorabilia that she found after his death seep into her work like a hug, and his surreal phrases serve as titles or points of departure.
Through this subject matter DeSalvo creates mixed media pieces by manipulating and blending drawing, printmaking, and painting. DeSalvo uses collage freely combining representational and abstract imagery. She deconstructs, reconstructs, repeats and layers striving to both camouflage and distinguish surface and depth, representation and metaphor.
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.