Raised On A Mat | 2021 - 2022
This series of works spot the beginning of the visual tales of (wo)men from a standpoint of being raised and fragments of bringing up within her family. Monyai is crocheting and mapping figures in this body of work in the expression of the juxtaposition between the constructive and detrimental experiences that affect her physically, emotionally, and mentally. Manipulating the forms of the tapestries to create protruding silhouettes in abstracted and patterned surfaces speaks to the constant act of “putting things together”, to not fall apart. Taking the process as a meditative act and a pool of escapism. She created a sense of utopia in her childhood and would delve into making carpets out of plastic with her maternal beings. This was an aesthetic phenomenon. This series Re imagines those lived experiences and breathes nostalgia.