Monique Martin is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator. Monique works in printmaking, clay, sculpture and pastels. Her work often involves public participation; she is currently working on a public participation project with a theme of coffee.
Monique's artwork often utilizes historically significant symbols and images to express her ideas. Many ideas, symbols and meanings are gathered while traveling and seeing new images, studying the masters and meeting other contemporary artists. Monique researches many of her concepts in detail prior to creating her work.
Every action in life, every interaction and research project undertaken produces an energy that vibrates within her and connects her to the people she in contact with. Sometimes a small incident, a promise only half-intended, a touch, or a casual remark, can set off a chain of events that will alter lives and change destinies. Like a pebble in a pond, the rings of energy keep moving outward from the initial touch, whether it is physical, emotional, spiritual or mental. It is in responding to these ever changing ripples in the connections between humans that inspire her work. Her work utilizes ever-changing concepts and images because her art is a way of exploring who she is, who she was, who she is becoming and where she fits into the world around her.
From 2001 to 2015, Monique exhibited, printmaking, paintings, sculptures, installations and book works in more than 140 solo, invited and juried group exhibitions in 9 countries. Her works are held in more than 25 public and private collections in 7 different countries. Monique lectures often about her work, with topics ranging from women’s issues to world politics. Her lectures are thought provoking and often quite moving. Monique is an experienced professional public speaker and audiences enjoy her animated dialogue about her artwork and life. Monique has lectured at workshops, conferences and taught in classrooms in many countries.
Monique finds that her work develops well when she is away from her regular routine in her own studio, so she often seeks out artist in residence positions in other locations. She was Artist in Residence for Disneyland Paris - Paris, France (2013), Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (2013), Saskatchewan Children's Festival (2012), Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Canada (2010), Spalding, United Kingdom (2008), Nice, France (2006), Vallauris, France (2006), Mount Vernon, USA (2004), Wynyard, Tasmania, Australia (2003) and Coaticook, QC, Canada (2001).
Monique is also an art educator. She received the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History (2007) and the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in (2009). Monique was named one of the Top 100 printmakers in Canada in the National Printmaking Awards. Monique is also a two-time winner of a National Teaching Award for combining art into other subject areas.