Farnham to Feature Work of Monica Correia

The fascinating work of artist Monica Correia will be featured from Oct. 7 through Nov. 7 in Farnham Galleries on the Simpson College campus.

Correia is an associate professor at the University of Iowa School of Art & Art History, where she coordinators the 3D Design program.

Using digital technologies, she designs objects, furniture and interiors inspired in forms found in nature and in her cultural heritage. The design process begins in the computer or in the sketch book, where she keeps collections of images.

After that, digital, virtual or real models are built or printed in different scales and media. In addition, colors are used as a way to emphasize objects’ provocative intention. She is particularly attracted to the challenge of transforming ideas into functional and aesthetically pleasing objects. Her design combines inspiration, technology and sustainable materials.
Farnham Galleries is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional hours may be requested by calling 515-961-1486.

A reception for Correia will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in Farnham Galleries, located in Mary Berry Hall on the Simpson campus. Correia will talk on “Three Dimensional Organic Form” at the reception.

Correia’s work is heavily influenced by her cultural heritage. Abstractions from traditional lace-work, Brazilian popular festivities and the curvilinear landscape of Rio de Janeiro are some of these influences. Oscar Niemeyer’s architecture and drawings influence the contours and colors in her work as well.

Correia received a Bachelor of Architecture “Cum Laude” degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a MFA degree in 3D Design from the University of Iowa. Her work has been presented at several art and design exhibitions including “100% Futures”, the showcase of world emerging designers at the UK’s contemporary leading event 100% Design, at Earls Court, London; “International Contemporary Furniture Fair” (ICFF), New York, NY; “BIO.23″, Biennial of Design, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia; “Salão Design Casa Brasil”, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil; “The Skin of Corian®”, Milan, Italy; “Abiplast Design Award”, São Paulo, Brazil; “Liceu de Design Award”, Salvador, Brazil; Krasl Art Center ArtLab Saint Joseph, MI; Chico Art Center, California; Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art, Kansas; among others.

Before moving to the United States, Monica Correia taught at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Architecture, Brazil, and designed interiors for stores and shopping malls in Brazil and Portugal.

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