MONIQUE LUCHETTI

ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR MIRTH
 

May 20 - July 2, 2022

MONIQUE LUCHETTI

ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR MIRTH

May 20 - July 2, 2022

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Lola Shepard is pleased to present ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR MIRTH, an online solo exhibition featuring 25 works on paper by MONIQUE LUCHETTI

 

As one of the most exquisite creatures on earth, birds are often regarded as symbols of freedom, grace, beauty, and love. With their rich array of colors and unmatched ability to compose a symphony of songs, birds of all species easily capture our collective attention and imaginations.

 

Ecologically, birds are a critical element to nearly every living thing on earth but when avian species are lost, due to habitat encroachment or through harmful pesticides and pollution, their particular functions and benefits in the biosphere disappear too.  Recognized as one of the most important indicators of the state of the environment, our majestic, feathered friends’ fates are closely intertwined with ours.

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ORANGE HEAVEN, 2018

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In ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR MIRTH, Monique Luchetti draws our attention to the symbiotic relationship between humans, the animal kingdom, and our natural world.  Using her artwork to communicate and address the importance of environmental and animal conservation, Luchetti has developed a body of work depicting bird study-skins (as the bird specimens are called) from ornithology collections she photographed. Her mixed media artwork takes an unflinching look at the harmful effects of human intervention on the world.

 

WESTERN MEADOWLARK, 2018

Listen to a Western Meadowlark
00:00 / 00:30
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PINK PARROT, 2018

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HOMAGE IN YELLOW, 2019

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YELLOW HEAVEN, 2018

Luchetti states: 

"My work is about the contradiction inherent in our rush to collect, classify, and catalog the world, even as we go about destroying it.”  

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Utilizing her photographs as a reference, Luchetti skillfully renders the taxidermied birds in graphite pencil on Nepalese lokta paper.  In portraying the winged creatures as they lay in their unnatural position -on their back, usually with their head thrown back and feet crossed in repose- one is reminded of the post-mortem photography of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. 

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BACHMAN WARBLER, EXTINCT 1962, 2019

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GOLDEN BOWERBIRD, 2019

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With gesso, watercolor, and gouache, she then overlays colorful abstractions or flora on the most vulnerable yet powerful location on their body - the heart center and solar plexus.

 

CATTLE EGRET, 2018

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REGENT HONEYEATERS EXMOUNTS, 2018

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PARADISE PARROT, THOUGHT EXTINCT 1915, 2018

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PAIR OF GREEN CATBIRDS, 2018

Listen to a Green Catbird
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Says Luchetti: 

“The abstractions for me depict the concept of the soul, the individual life force that is so absent among the countless lifeless bodies in the drawers of the museums.  The drawings are memorials, tagged with a symbolic life I have imagined for them, a turn toward the consciousness that extends beyond the physical body.”   

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Luchetti could easily be considered a portrait painter, using birds instead of the human figure as her subject matter.  She depicts, close-up, a variety of avian specimens from shorebirds such as the egret to landbirds like the Australian Magpie and Bachman Warbler. 

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WHITE BROWED SCRUB WREN, 2019

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NOISY MINOR FLATTENED, 2018 

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Many of her single portraits include a description which identifies their particular bird species, their common name, the year of death, and the ornithology collection that houses the study skin.

 

MALE BOWERBIRD, 2018

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REGENT BOWERBIRD, 2018

 

CATTLE EGRET, 2018

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Displaying the inner essence of her subject with brightly colored floral vegetation or geometric patterning, Luchetti’s evocative and striking drawings are a heartfelt tribute to a life once lived.

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NOISY FRIARBIRDS, 2018

Listen to a Noisy Friarbird
00:00 / 00:30
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CRESTED BOWERBIRD, 2018

 

AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE, 2018

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FORGET-ME-NOT, 2018

In the panoramic composition Forget-Me-Not, Luchetti brings together a concert of endangered and vulnerable bird species, such as the Mountain Plover, the American Peregrine Falcon, and the Burrowing Owl, into one single work. Luchetti meticulously draws 15 oversized, avifauna, all on their back, as if prepared for burial. 

 

Composed of 27 assembled sheets of paper and reaching a height of 7 feet and 17 feet wide, the artist wreaths each inanimate creature with a cornucopia of brightly colored, lush foliage and botanical blooms.  The stark, gray, funereal palette of the deceased birds amid the opulent, floral arrangements elicits compassion and sympathy as the viewer is deeply moved by their grim stillness.

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Rounding off this exhibition are four works depicting the artist’s backyard magnolia tree, all created during the height of the pandemic.  Sequestered at her home for many months, Luchetti observed the changing moods of the tree from the dormancy of winter to its full regalia of pink blooms in the spring and into its green summer leafing. 

 

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Employing pencil and gouache, the abstracted paintings depict the interweaving branches of the tree as shapes and lines.  In focusing on the isolated parts of the tree, Luchetti not only searches for the underlying geometry of the tree but the underlying life, suggesting that the parts become an entity in themselves. 

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ANTHROPOCENE V, 2021

The inclusion of these works highlights the interdependent relationship between humans, animals, and the environment. 

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ENDING III, 2021

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MAGNOLIA III, 2020

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The title of the exhibition refers to the counting nursery rhyme associating corvids as harbingers of good fortune or bad luck.  As a key player in cycling nutrients, helping to fertilize ecosystems, and controlling pests, the contributions of the avian population across habitats are vital for people and the planet to thrive.  In the context of the exhibition, the more bird species that survive, the merrier the human species will be.

 

BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, 2015   

Listen to a Black-throated Blue Warbler
00:00 / 00:30
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STUDIO WALK-THOUGH with MONIQUE LUCHETTI

BIOGRAPHY

 

Monique Luchetti lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  She received her M.F.A. in Painting from Ohio State University and a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Luchetti has mounted numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including the Peale Museum (Baltimore, MD), the Brattleboro Museum (Brattleboro, VT), Western Colorado Center for the Arts (Grand Junction, CO), Augsburg University, (Minneapolis, MN), University of Connecticut (Stamford, CT), Edinboro University (Edinboro, PA), Parkland College (Champaign, IL), Terre Roveresche (Urbino Pesaro, Italy), and CCNOA (Brussels, Belgium).

 

Luchetti is the recipient of several honors including the Brooklyn Navy Yard public art commission, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Artists Space: Artist Collective Grant, the Ohio Arts Council Grant, the Edith Fergus Gilmore Funds Award, and the Hosea Puig Award.  Her past art residencies include Foundation Obras (Portugal), Joya (Spain), Altos de Chavon (Dominican Republic), and Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY).

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ARTWORK LIST

 

Purchase Art at Monique Luchetti's SHOP

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ORANGE HEAVEN
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper and linen
Paper: 30 x 20 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$625.00

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WESTERN MEADOWLARK
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$625.00

 

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PINK PARROT
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$625.00

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HOMAGE IN YELLOW
2019
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

$700.00

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YELLOW HEAVEN
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper and linen
Paper: 30 x 20 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$625.00

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BACHMAN WARBLER, EXTINCT 1962
2019
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper 
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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GOLDEN BOWERBIRD
2019
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper 
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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CATTLE EGRET
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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REGENT HONEYEATERS EXMOUNTS
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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PARADISE PARROT, THOUGHT EXTINCT 1915
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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PAIR OF GREEN CATBIRDS
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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WHITE BROWED SCRUB WREN
2019
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper 
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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NOISY MINOR FLATTENED
2018 
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper 
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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MALE BOWERBIRD
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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REGENT BOWERBIRD
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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CATTLE EGRET
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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NOISY FRIARBIRDS
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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CRESTED BOWERBIRD
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 19.5 x 15 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

 $700.00

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ANTHROPOCENE I
2021
Pencil, gouache, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 48 x 39 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$2,750.00

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ANTHROPOCENE V
2021
Pencil, gouache, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 50 x 40 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$2,750.00

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BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER
2015   
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
(from the Collection of William Cook, CGCC, Hudson NY) 
Paper: 68 x 30 in. (framed)
Signed and dated

$4,250.00

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ENDING III
2021
Pencil, gouache, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper: 65 x 20 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$3,250.00

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MAGNOLIA III
2020
Pencil, gouache, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper
Paper size: 66 x 30 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$3,750.00

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FORGET-ME-NOT
2018
Gouache, pencil, gesso on Nepalese lokta paper, 
Paper: 80 x 200 in. (unframed)
Signed and dated

$15,600.00

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