Sunday, June 22, 2008

Biography of a Different Kind of Woman

let's see colors that have never been seen


I recently updated my biography. It's very odd to write about yourself in the third person. I thought very long and hard about writing it - what to say, what not to say, how to say it, etc. Putting my work out and opening myself up on my website, flickr, this blog and all the other sites, has not been very easy for me. I am outgoing and open but guardedly so. In fact, I put off starting this blog for a long time because I just didn't feel comfortable putting myself out there. So, most times when I click the "Publish Post" button, my stomach turns a bit. Writing the bio and the artist statement was hard for me partly because I never had to do it before and also because the information is obviously so revealing. I suppose this is what a lot people go through when they are trying to write their bio or an artist statement.

In a bio you are writing about yourself, your accomplishments, your life, your interests. The artist statement is a statement about your work that reflects all these things that you write about in your bio.
My photographs certainly define a large part of who I am, how I see, what I want to say, what I want to hide and the artist statement is supposed to explain all of this. It was not an easy task for me to write my artist statement and apparently other people have not enjoyed it either.

I'm getting ready for the show in Argentina and have worked with one of my aunts to translate the bio and the artist statement. So here is the bio in English and in Spanish.

BIO

Monica L. Shulman (née Lima) recently left a career as a corporate finance attorney to explore her passion for photography. She is a self-taught photographer who studied oil painting and charcoal drawing at a young age while practicing the development of photographs in her parents' basement with her father, an amateur photographer.

In 1995 Monica moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she studied political science and French at
Boston University. She lived briefly in Paris, France until returning to New York where she graduated from law school in 2004 and began practicing law. In an effort to find a creative outlet while working as an attorney, Monica reconnected with her love of art and photography.

Monica is a first generation American of Cuban, Argentinean and Italian descent. She speaks three languages fluently and her diverse background has greatly influenced her photographs and her love of travel, foreign languages, art and architecture. She is constantly searching for new styles and original approaches to photography, and in particular, travel and street photography. She always carries her camera with her and she views the street as her blank canvas. Monica currently has collections of recent trips to, among other locations: Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico; Paris, France; Miami, Florida; Misiones, Argentina; Buenos Aires, Argentina; New Orleans, Louisiana; the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island, New York; Thailand; and, Cambodia.

Her work can be found at the Rogallery in Long Island City, New York and at the Kingston Station Restaurant and Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts. In February 2008 Monica participated at the Art Expo in New York City and in June 2008 she published a book of travel and street photography entitled "Connected". Monica is continually encouraged and inspired by her hometown, New York City, where she lives with her husband.


Mónica L. Shulman (née Lima) recientemente dejó la carrera de abogada de una corporación financiera para explorare su pasión por la fotografía. Mónica es una fotógrafa autodidacta que tomó clases de pinturas al óleo y dibujos al carbón a una edad muy temprana, a la misma vez que practicaba el desarrollo de la fotografía en el sótano de su casa con su padre, un fotógrafo amateur.

En 1995, Mónica se trasladó a la ciudad de Boston, Massachusetts, para estudiar la carrera de ciencias políticas e idioma francés en la Universidad de Boston. Vivió por un corto tiempo en Paris, Francia, y luego regresó a la ciudad de Nueva York en donde se graduó de la escuela de leyes en el 2004 y comenzó a ejercer su carrera de abogada. Tratando de buscar un escape creativo mientras trabajaba como abogada, Mónica se reconectó con su amor por el arte y la fotografía.

Mónica pertenece a una primera generación de norteamericanos descendientes de cubanos, argentinos e italianos. Ella habla tres idiomas con fluidez y la diversidad de sus raíces ha tenido una notable influencia en sus fotografías y en su pasión por viajar, aprender lenguas extranjeras, el arte, y la arquitectura. Constantemente anda en busca de estilos innovadores y métodos originales en la fotografía, y en particular, en la fotografía captada en sus viajes y las escenas callejeras que presencia. Adonde quiera que vaya, su cámara es su compañera y las calles se convierten en el lienzo virgen donde plasmar su visión.

Actualmente, Mónica posee una colección de sus más recientes viajes, entre los que se encuentran la Península de Yucatán en México; las ciudades de Paris en Francia, Miami en la Florida, Misiones y Buenos Aires en la Argentina, Nueva Orleans en Luisiana; además de los Hamptons y Montauk Point en Long Island, Nueva York; Tailandia; y Camboya.

Sus obras se encuentran en Rogallery en Long Island City en Nueva York y en la Galería y Restaurante de la Estación de Kingston en Boston, Massachusetts. En Febrero del 2008, Mónica exhibió sus fotografías en el Art Expo en la ciudad de Nueva York y en Junio del 2008 publicó un libro con fotografías de sus viajes y escenas callejeras titulado "Connected". Mónica está constantemente motivada e inspirada por su ciudad natal, la ciudad de Nueva York, en donde reside con su esposo.