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Photographer/Artist Priscilla Monge at Salt Fine Art

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Maita In A Gold Dress, 60 x 40" © 2011 Priscilla Monge

I’d like to make you aware of Costa Rican artist Priscilla Monge. Her work explores love, aggression and the complexities of power. She uses photography, sculpture, or film to express her ideas.

The photo pictured above caught my attention as I was passing by Salt Fine Art during last night’s Laguna Beach Art Walk. Captivating from a distance, it disturbed and intrigued up close. Could this photograph be nothing more than the depiction of a little girl dressing up as mommy? Or is it making us face issues of abuse, power, vanity, and child abuse. Either way, there is a reaction from the gut, not the brain, that leads you to return again and again to stare at the work.

If this photo mimics a little girl at play, the fact that it is a doll rather than a real girl casts a sinister feel. This makes us wonder about the early impressions of self girls receive from outside sources such as the media and society. If the photo aims to show us what humanity is capable of doing to itself and others, it is deeply disturbing to realize that we can deface mind and body with long-lasting results. With Maita In A Gold Dress, Priscilla Monge has created a work that traverses contemporary issues facing society today.

Salt Fine Art is holding an auction tomorrow, June 4th. Maita In A Gold Dress is up with a starting bid of 1/2 the normal gallery price. To find out more about Priscilla Monge and the auction, visit Salt’s website listed below.

Salt Fine Art

1492 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 3
Laguna Beach, CA USA 92651
Phone: (949) 715-5554

About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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