CCS DEPARTMENT
OF ART PRACTICE:
2020 Senior Exhibition





Ardele Monkkonen is a visual artist, born and raised in Washington, DC. Her work is primarily based on lore, faith, loss, history, and nostalgia. She has shown her work in, Washington DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan.She currently resides in Detroit, MI, but will always consider DC her home.



August Travels, 18” x 33”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, raw silk, wool roving, acrylic yarn, fauxflower, polyfill, 2020


Super September, 18” x 34”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, raw silk, wool roving, acrylic yarn,faux flower, polyfill, 2020



October Bliss, 18” x 35”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, raw silk, wool roving, acrylic yarn, fauxflower, polyfill, 2020


November’s Nightmare, 18” x 30”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, acrylic yarn, faux flower, polyfill, 2020



December’s Despair, 18” x 29”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, raw silk, acrylic yarn, polyfill, 2020



Joyless January, 18” x 30”, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, polyester felt, faux flower, polyfill, 2020

Reasons and Seasons, various dimensions, crushed velvet, cotton, polyester fringe, raw silk, wool roving, acrylicyarn, faux flower, 2020 


Scratching at the Surface, 36” x 30”, ink, dye, spray paint, acrylic, and oil pastel on unprimed canvas, 2020


Capes are traditionally worn by heroes and villains as a cloaking mechanism, or as a textile facade. What happens when your own life becomes a roller coaster of heroes and villains? What cape do you wear to cloak yourself in to protect yourself from the outside world? What outer facade do you wear to keep fighting the battle that is life? How do you protect the vulnerability that lies beneath the surface?

This body of work explores capes as a metaphor for being cloaked and safe as we wear them, while also projecting a facade to the outside world when going through the extreme highs and lows of life.








Department of Art Practice, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.