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Artist Mónica Galera is self-taught, her only teacher being the natural fibers she lovingly grows on her land in El Cortijo near Atotonilco. “One becomes sensitized to the plants,” she says.
"Mónica’s natural fiber art has evolved through an eight-year process of trial and error. Time and communion with nature have informed her unique self-expression, and given her a way to transform natural fibers into objects of beauty and function.
It is her relentless search for new uses and functions for the raw organic materials which illuminates her creative vision, her lifestyle and her path. Mónica belongs to a set of 21st-century utopian-realists who work to improve their quality of life through sustainable design. With this as her central premise, she and her husband Ricky and two children found the perfect place on the banks of the Rio Laja. The land provides her raw material: carrizo, a Mexican bamboo variety, papyrus, banana, corn husks, lillies, wool and cotton.
In her Zen-like studio and gallery she experiments with the possibilities of covering and creating surfaces in natural fibers like an alchemist. Window treatments, felt-covered stones with a crocheted pocket, wallpaper, screens, baskets, paper…each created to express her own sense of spiritual convergence. And this is what she passes on in the workshops she gives to the public and to a small women’s workers co-op. She offers one of the purest expressions of the landscape we live with in San Miguel de Allende and Atotonilco."