Monika Monika

solo exhibition by Monika Rostvold 

Steuben Gallery 

200 Willoughby Av, Brooklyn, NY 11205

I recall intimate encounters and emulate the impressions of my experience as a stripper and sex worker. My customers, that I am deeply fascinated by, have become my muses. As an artist, I create work to enchant the audience with my fantasy, while my performative role is to portray theirs. 

 

Monika Rostvold is a multimedia artist working in performance, sculpture, video, and painting. She paints the memories of her customers with bright colors and absorbing skin tones. She meticulously renders the parts that are most engraved in her mind while loosely configures the parts that she has forgotten. Monika’s painting style is inspired by fauvism and has been defined by her peers as, showing the mundane details of sex work through the perception of the sex worker. Her absurd yet appealing sculptures show a physical manifestation of the self. Monika’s sculptural materials are objects she uses as a sex worker; stripper clothing, sex toys, silicone, makeup, and various personal items. These abstract sculptures are physical representations of the contradicting view our society has towards sex workers; one of the most underappreciated professions in America, yet highly desired. Monika’s large Installation in her solo exhibition is inspired by the many Peep Shows that were in Midtown in the late 20th century. Red lights, Red velvet, and individual peep booths are all present to show homage to the history of sex work in New York City. 

Monika Monika, 2019 

Neon 

36x 40 Inches 

Told The Wife Im Fishing, 2019 

Oil on Canvas

18x12 Inches 

(located in entry way) 

Joe Luv, 2019 

Oil on Canvas

36x24 Inches

(located on right wall)

Heavens Hole, 2019 

Oil on Canvas

24x40 Inches 

(located on left wall)

Please Please Drink My Champagne,2018

Oil on Canvas

24x36 Inches 

(located on far left wall)

Material Girl, 2019

Digital Video Performance Documentation

00:11:06

I Broke a Nail, Welcome To Hell, 2019 

Polyfill, Foam, Latex, Stockings, Silicone, Synthetic Hair, Polyester. Mylar, Wood, Led Lighting, Mirror