Monta May

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Monta May, M.F.A

Monta May works in a well-stocked, expansive studio located inside her large Winona home.  On any given day, you might walk in and find her splashing about with melted, pigmented beeswax, (a technique known as Encaustic)… You might arrive to the sound of hammers clanging and chips of stone or shards of glass flying through the air… Or you might be treated to the sight of metal and cement and found objects being turned into concrete sculptures.

May, an academically-trained interdisciplinary artist, says that making art keeps her balanced and functioning smoothly in her busy high-tech life. She’s the director of the website at Saint Mary’s University and spends her workday in front of the computer, which she enjoys, but says her heart is in the studio. The art that May makes has its roots in antiquity: mosaic, encaustic painting and sculpture — all practices that have been done for thousands of years.

If you visit her studio, you can be certain you’ll see her demonstrating how she makes mosaics from stone and glass, cutting materials with special hammers — an ancient method of making materials for mosaic. She’ll also talk your ears off about art versus craft, art theory (if that’s your thing), inspiration and motivation, and the ancient art techniques that she loves with a deep, enduring passion.

 

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Monta May, M.F.A.

Board Member

E-mail: monta@montagaelmay.com

Website: montagaelmay.com

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