My paintings are about where we have been and where we are going.
They explore unsettling aspects of our world, and invite contemplation of our vulnerability and that of the natural world. My themes look at the consequences of global warming, the militarization of the farthest reaches of our planet, our reliance on a precarious veneer of technological infrastructure, and our acquiescence towards increasing fascism in order to feel safe in the face of occurrences larger than ourselves.
Monica Whalley received her M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art, and was awarded the Prince of Wales Scholarship to Normandy, France.
Over the years she has participated in various group shows, most notably the BP Portrait Award at National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, and the 2021 London Art Biennale.
She is the grateful recipient of the Toronto Arts Council Visual Artist grant for 2023-2024.
She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.