Artist and designer
From Guadalajara, Jalisco Region in Mexico
Based in Ensenada, Baja California Region in Mexico
We've interviewed Andrés Monnier whose pieces are as aesthetically pleasing as they are practical. His philosophy is centered around interaction, flow, making his work fit with the environment. He shared with us his thoughts on inspiration, approaching art, and even life itself... read on to learn more!
AR: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
A: In several stages in my life art has made me question my existence in different bodies of work. Since I was a child I’ve always been curious about the importance of understanding where does “everything” comes from. Finding out the “why”, “what” and “how” about everything I interact with. That curiosity has developed in the years to come and that’s the main reason I’m into the art world.
AR: What inspires you the most?
A: That's a tricky question because inspiration comes in different ways and shapes. In colors or smells, in elements or non-tangible things. But I think right now what really motivates me it’s the relation between time and material. I work with stone because I like to think each rock chose me. It has thousands of years of history and process. The idea of transforming that material with my pulse to create a body of work gives me life.
AR: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
A: My inspiration comes in a variety of ways, but being focused and cerebral is critical in my process of creating. From the moment of a piece’s conception, it’s important for me to be involved with each step of the creative and production process; from developing the idea in my mind, to designing the body of work, to selecting the right material, and finally to crafting it with my own pulse.
AR: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
A: Based on my experience… Be sensitive to what surrounds you. Inspiration comes in different ways and shapes. You’re more than just a name and physical body, you’re not your thoughts and your emotions, that's something you just experience. It’s part of you but it's not your whole self. Understand that and you’ll be able to appreciate more things about “life” and yourself. It can help you to be clearer on what you want to do. On knowing your true self.
AR: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?
A: Contemporary, Simulating, Craft.
AR: The best angle to look at art is from: ..?
A: An opening interpretation for different perspectives. Connecting with art is really important.
AR: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
A: It depends on your audience…
AR: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?
A: Art for dummies. I like better the question inside the question.
AR: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
A: Nothing for now.
AR: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art).
A: Live and let live.