by Ariadna Zierold
Monica Rohan’s sensitivity to her surroundings is evident in the carefully composed works, which reveal a love of pattern, light and color. The paint retains a lucid quality and the decorative potential of textiles and luxuriant foliage act as ready symbols for the day lit world.
Although we see the artist portrayed in many different settings in her paintings, we can never see her face. Each of her subjects, all being representations of herself, hide their face in the mass of textiles. She is a master at bringing to life vibrant hues on different thread. Sometimes, there is no fabric in her paintings, but instead a sheet of grass or flowers that stretch over the figure.