September – November 2023
Monica Sheets is a Saint Louis-based artist who creates sculpture and installation, organizes events, and develops archives and oral histories to understand what it means to be an engaged citizen in the world beyond traditional forms of activism. The throughline of her work is a focus on historiography and identity, exploring how our stories about the past play out in our lives today.
She was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her experiences in the Rust Belt (the former industrial heart of the US) were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums. From 2010 to 2014 she led Das Fundbuero, a storefront space in Leipzig that collected objects, hosted events, and created a space for considering the nuances of East German history by the people who lived it. More recently, she worked on a series of collaborative projects with erotic dancers to explore the current conditions of and utopian visions for stripping.
Sheets received an MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany. Her work has been recognized by the Minnesota State Arts Board, FORECAST Public Art, the MCAD-Jerome Fellowship for Emerging Artists, the Culture Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and A Blade of Grass Foundation’s Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art.
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