Mona Lerch is a self-taught contemporary artist currently residing in Brno, Czech Republic.
After having completed her studies in Australia and the UK, she returned to the Czech Republic to pursue her career as an internal security specialist.
Originally a dance choreographer, painting was not an obvious artistic path for her; however, she has been drawing inspiration from movement, emotions and senses just as she used to do when creating choreographies.
Mona concentrates on abstract oil painting. She uses both life and work experiences to give shape to unique pieces of artwork that are characterized by elaborate structure and layers. Her paintings are intuitive and offer space for the viewer's imagination.
Being a nature lover and a passionate advocate of ecological lifestyle, she digs deep into her fantasy to materialize her own inner world on canvas. Her mission is to create a narrative embodying the beauty we have around us that we forget to see and to break the boundaries between the body and mind.
I paint because it makes me feel alive. Canvas is my playground where I give shape to dreams and feelings, drawing inspiration from nature with all its wonders.
Painting healed me when I felt confused and lost. I had my first child and my world turned around. I fell so deeply in love but premature birth and events that surrounded it left me in pain and anxiety. I decided to face it and fight it and transfer all my feelings on canvas. I felt that I needed to concentrate on the beauty we have around us that we forget to see because our minds are troubled by things that we feel we cannot control. But we do. And that is my mission. To show my audience that we can sit down, take a deep breath and take in all life has to offer.
I use oil paints because I love the endless possibilities I am given with them. I believe they can teach us patience and appreciation of the slow process in this era which forces us to accelerate everything. By inviting the audience to experience my fantasy world, I aim to make them remember that we should care more about the things that we take for granted.
"I care about nature, I feel that it's hurt. I hear flowers crying and trees to be burned. I wonder daily what have we done with all the beauty which now wants to run. Away from us humans to survive once more, to show us how foolish we've been to the core. So listen to nature that wants to save you, you as the fools that foolish things do."
8. 3. - 30. 5. 2020 WABGNET Spring 2020 Virtual Reality Exhibition
(painting Growing Wild, 2019, oil on panel, 42 cm x 59 cm)