My creative practice
I have been a visual artist for the past two decades. My artistic approach has always been investigating the question of identity - "Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going?" (Rudolf Steiner) as individuals as well as a collective. My creative projects have been responses to real life events, moreover always focusing upon finding out, how transitional periods of identity are experienced and how does the identity of the creator influences the artistic work produced?
From 2014-2019, my photographic and research work centred on the notion of national identity, resulting in the production of 4 creative projects that are based on my extensive experience of, experimentation with, and reflection on identity and the sense of belonging.
In the past 3 years, my creative practice has been through a transformation, now focusing on themes, such as astrology, esotericism, mysticism and their manifestation in imaging. Furthermore, it incorporates their purpose in contemporary culture and their impact on personal and universal connections. My methods employ iconography, symbolism and narrative storytelling.
209 Women (2018-19)
Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot
by Monika Fischbein ©2018
"I invited Anne Marie to an East London studio to make her portrait. The Chiaroscuro lighting setup complemented her dark hair and choice of navy jacket and skirt with white piping. I wanted the images to be free from distractions and Anne Marie’s presence to communicate her strength and grace at the same time. The final image reflects the deep perceptive nature of women. The importance of partaking in this project was to echo the female empowerment that will allow future generations’ true potential to be unlocked."
“TO REPRESENT AND BE PRESENTED FOR WHAT WE ARE – AS WOMEN, BY WOMEN – IS A VERY SPECIAL THING. THIS IS WHAT 209 WOMEN IS ALL ABOUT.”
Great Granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst
"This landmark exhibition features portraits of 209 female MPs, photographed by 209 female photographers. It coincides with the centenary of the first election where women could cast a vote, and one hundred years after women gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs.
The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority)."
UK Parliament, 2018
Into the Arena (2018-9)
I was on a visiting lecture tour in Spain in 2016, when I became fascinated with the idea of Bullfighting and it to be an expression of Spanish national identity. I devoured literature and endless material studying this topic. La corrida is deeply steeped in and engraved in Spanish social identity with its traditions, symbolism and rituals that accompany each faena. I'd impart information about this to anyone who was willing to listen, about how we are influenced by societies' heritage.
Then at the end of 2017, I took a leap of faith and moved to Spain. I have then turned my attention to the story of Toro de Lidia, the Spanish Fighting Bull himself and that the highest honour for the bull, breeder and ultimately for the torero, is not to kill the bull, but to showcase his fighting abilities to such level that he becomes El Toro Inultado, a pardoned bull, therefore he lives.