Bio: Monica Marshall/Clownchic (born 17 November 1997 in Gateshead, United Kingdom) is a multidisciplinary artist who has recently completed her BA in Fine Art at York St John University. She favours painting, drawing and printmaking in various scales and works with motifs to respond to a world she sometimes struggles to navigate as a neurodivergent. The impact of COVID-19 as well as her Asperger Syndrome often comes up in her practice through her obsessive motifs and prolific making, representing her thoughts, feelings and experiences through text, cartoonish self-portraits, visual diaries, and ugly/cute characters. One of Marshall's accolades is winning the Mark Bailey Prize in 2019's Eleanor Worthington Prize, an Anglo-Italian award in art and disability. Marshall is currently studying a Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice with a specialism in Print Media at The Glasgow School of Art.
Artist Statement: My practice responds to the hideousness of reality and serves as a catharsis to communicate in a frank yet humorous manner without downplaying the absurdity. Instead of being downhearted by traumatic events, they inspire me and drive me forward. I'm very much a multidisciplinary maker, although printmaking is one of my preferred methods due to the juxtaposition of the repetitive nature of my motifs as well as the process of printmaking itself, hence I chose Print Media as my specialism for my MLitt at the Glasgow School of Art.