Monica Pierce’s small scale oil paintings on wood panels and mixed media drawings on paper in the exhibit Pattern Book are derived from her continuing fascination with patterns. Pierce began her study drawings of patterns in graduate school while traveling in Portugal.
In Lisbon, she took note of all the tile-patterned floors and walls on the buildings and visited a museum devoted to the art of tile painting. Captivated by the variety of pattern images, Pierce began her research into the history of patterns. Pattern Book shows Pierce’s inventive use of patterns through intimate scaled paintings and delicate, layered drawings. This book is an ongoing project of drawings that will be shown with her paintings. The 200 plus pages of mixed media drawings in the book reflects the layered use of repeated forms and reveals Pierce’s intricate process that underlies the creation of her paintings. The semitransparent pages of the drawings create a series of ever-changing overlays.
Pierce creates patterns, drawn from memory and changed in form through her own personal interpretation. She creates her paintings using subtle strokes of modulated color, abstract form and enigmatic patterns.