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Winner of the Fall 2011 Competition
Intrepretations, imaginings or vision of this human emotion.
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acrylic on bio linen
80 x 90 cm
4600. usd        

artist statement

I see art, in Goethe's words, as the mediator of the unspeakable. In my art I am able to use the materials, colors and techniques to express my thoughts, feelings and personal experiences. It is part of how I communicate. Painting is for me a supremely joyful process, which always comes with an inner smile that only grows. Part of the pleasure of painting is the hope that the results will spread light and goodness in the world, and help viewers to get in touch with their inner selves.

My favorite shape is the circle. This may well be because they mirror my life journey of voyage and return. Noli turbare circulos meos - do not disturb my circles - was my guiding theme when I embarked on my art career and I will paint circles, in all their forms, till the end of my days.

In this way, it fits into the rest of my life, especially into my work with the non-profit organization I set up to assist the rehabilitation of unemployed and socially disadvantaged individuals. 

My work "Protected by Cy" is out of the serie "Hommage to CyTwombly" which I started in 2008 after a visit in Museo del Prado (Madrid – Spain) and the exhibition "Lepanto" (Cy Twombly). It´s nearly undescribable what joy I felt when I saw those extraordinary works. This joy is in the complete serie and espescially in the winning work which I started after getting an award by the famous Prof. Rudolf Leopold. "Protected by Cy" shows the joy through its bright colors and flowing lines to the world.

My art is all about Power!

My color choices often come from an inner voice that has guided me throughout my career. When painting I dive into a revealed world and I feel as if someone is offering their help and encouragement. My complex character rebels against other shallow decadence of others. My mission is to wake people, to excite and motivate them! My paintings carry these desires within them – qualities that can’t be properly expressed in words alone. One of my ambitions is to excite and re-animate people who have lost their joy in life...

Painting is an intensely erotic experience for me! When I gently caress the canvas, I feel it almost has goose bumps and my whole body shakes; my sensual, sensitive art flows from this intimate relationship.

I love to experiment. I want to flout the laws of physics, cross boundaries and find my own limits. Often I experience a little girl’s joy. When the colors are following, I can build a symbiosis which is the highest expression of my feelings. I cry during these wonderful moments and experience true joy.

I don’t care whether my work finds general acceptance because I’m convinced that its unique energy will attract those people who share my vision. I am sure all my works will find the right home and I’m driven by the desire that the radiance of my art will always generate very positive energy.

The complexity of my character is revealed in my art and I hate it when people try to pigeon hole my style. Why? Because my work is about surprise and astonishment! My biggest challenge in art, as in life, is always to be true to myself.


MOO | Monika Mori was born in 1960 in Moedling (Austria) and had formal trainings by Prof. Anneliese Beschorner. Since 2008, her work has been internationally exhibited and is included in major and private collections.
MOO interpretes - as Goethe remarked - the art as a mediator of the unspeakable. She communicates through her works and wants to re-animate, in the native word-sense! Monika Mori, known as the artist MOO, works with bold colors and strokes, allowing free elements of drips and dashes to bisect her canvases. Her works are highly expressive – she has always wanted the world to hear what she has to say, and these artistic communications embody her emotions, experiences and her delight at the interaction with color. For Mori, color is liberating. Only through art can one mediate the unspeakable, so this allows for a greater freedom within a work. It is a language unto itself and there is merit to all interpretations. The subtle earth palette glows from the surface of the canvas and illuminates the striking dripped forms. Their uneven linear progress forms crowds, forests, circuitry – they travel and lead us on through the painting and beyond. The strength of these paintings reflects the strength of Mori herself, and the intensity of the message she has to convey.

Monika Mori currently lives in Austria and Florida, United States.


2008- 1. öffentliche Präsentation der Bilder- Oeynhausen - Austra

2008- Ausstellung „Römertherme Baden" - Baden - Austria

2008- Ausstellung „Stift Klosterneuburg" - Nominierung zum St. Leopold Friedenspreis mit dem Werk "Das Tor" - Austria

2008- Ausstellung „Bilder der Kraft" - St. Pölten - Austria

2008- „heart4hair" - Wien2009- „status quo - quo vadis" - Wien

2009- „WELLDRESSED" - Baden2009- „FALCO in memoriam" - Wien

2009- „falcoheaven4healing" - Steyr

2009- „Herzzyklus" - Wien

2009- „Wiener Walzer" in Saarbrücken - Deutschland

2009- „for your eyes only" - Edition Villach - Villach

2009- „mystery of colours" - Wien

2009- „download100" - Internetzwerkschau Villach

2009- Vernissage/Ausstellung „Sozialratgeber Neunkirchen" - Austria

2009- „BLUMENARMEE" - Wien

2009- „Die Macht der Nacht" - Bruck an der Leitha

2009. „Wiener Walzer in Wien" - Wien

2010- „PERMANENT-AUSSTELLUNG" in Liesing - Wien

2010- „hungry hearts" - Wien

2010- „1ER ENCOUNTER PF MEXICO" - San Pedro - Mexiko

2010- „Elements of Abstraction" @ AGORA-Gallery in New York - USA

2010- „Die Meister von morgen" im Leopoldmuseum - Wien - Prämierung des Werkes "Mystery of Cy" - Austria

2010- „Silence of Cy" auf der LIFE.STYLE.MESSE - Wr. Neustadt - Austria

2011- „WHITE FLUSHING | Licensed project" - Traiskirchen - Austria

2011- "Fine Art Magazine's First Juried Online Art Exhibition in New York - USA

2011 - „Edges And Curves | Nothing in Between" - Los Angeles - USA

2011 - „Guerilla Artists Group - Fine Art Festival" - Mooresville - NC - USA

2011 - „2DO. PF BRASIL" - Sao Paulo - Brasil

2011 - „The Painted Bra Project" Breast Cancer Awareness through Art - USA

2011- „The Outsiders Festival | Adelaide 2011" - Adelaide – Australia

2011-2012 "100 Tage Kunst" – Frauenmuseum Bonn - Germany