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Monica is a South African interdisciplinary artist who deals with motifs of identity, abuse, language, and experience.

She is currently studying her Masters in Art Degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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My art draws on my exploration and investigation into motifs of abuse, experience, language and identity. I use language in my art as a form of new cultural image dealing with a sense of helplessness and lack of being heard or understood. 


Monica is an interdisciplinary visual artist, academic and filmmaker who deals with the motifs of identity, language, abject, and experience. She critically engages in all mediums with specialization in film, painting, sculpture, photography and installation. She holds a strong work ethos and has an engaging and friendly personality with a knack for easy explanations. She has highly developed critical writing skills and creatively uses language in her work. She researches artists daily in an ongoing free writing series that reaches 2k presence online. She is currently studying her Master’s degree in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria. She has competed nationally in the film division of PPC Imaginarium, and internationally with the 48 Hour Film Project Johannesburg. Her other passions lie in her freelance writing, running her photography business and creating art. She was asked by the Regional South African Burn Sentella to build their temple artwork ‘The Nest’ in 2018.


Lead Artist for the temple Build for Sentella/Wildeburn Wings! 2018
South African Regional Burn in Association with Burning Man
Lead Artist of ‘the Nest’ a 3m tall wooden nest
Just Be Farm, Barberton, Mpumulanga

Participant in The 48 Hour Film Project Johannesburg 2018 2018
Co- Team Leader, Director and Writer for team Blue Gecko with the short film ‘Nako ea Tee’
- 5 minute short film

Participant of the Spring! Visual Art Exhibition 2018
Longstreet Art Lovers 1932
198 Long Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria

Finalist in PPC IMAGINARIUM 2018 2017/2018
Top Four Finalist in the Film Division
- 10 minute short film

Participant of the Memento Mori 2017 Visual Art Exhibition 2017
The GR!M^n Collective
Des Amis Guest house, Pretoria

Participant of the NEW NOW NEXT 2016 Visual Art Exhibition 2016
Galerie NOKO
109-111 Russel Road, Richard Hill, Port Elizabeth

Participant of the FOUR Pop up Exhibition 2016
Collective of University of Pretoria Fourth year BA Fine Art (Homs) Students
African Beer Emporium, 012 Central, Pretoria

Participant of the Future Forecast Exhibition 2016
Galerie NOKO
109-111 Russel Road, Richard Hill, Port Elizabeth

Participant of the Tempo Exhibition 2016
-Showcase of staff, independent artists and fourth year students from the Fine Arts division in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.
University of Pretoria
Merensky Library

Participant of the [Sold] Exhibition 2016
4th Year Fine Art fundraiser
University of Pretoria
The Van Wouw Art House

Participant of the Abxiom Exhibition 2015
University of Pretoria
The Van Wouw Art House

Participant of the CuSi bronze Exhibition 2014
University of Pretoria,
Longstreet 1932 Art Lovers
198 Long Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria

Pretoria Girls High Art Exhibition 2008 – 2012
Pretoria High School for Girls
- 2008: Received student with Most Potential
- 2012: 2nd place for Drawing


Artist of the Day Blog Series 2018 - Ongoing
Daily posts celebrating Artists
Monica Blignaut Artist website:

Selected Artist Review in A Place In Time,  Nirox Sculpture Catalogue 2016
Article: Victor Ehikamenor: A Wrestle With the Bogeyman
NIROXsculpture, Winter 2016
Nirox Foundation

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