Sarah Monfils lives in Bloomington, MN. She is currently attending Normandale Community College where she will graduate with an AFA in Art degree in May 2020. Sarah is an active member in the art community at Normandale. Her artwork has been featured in the college’s yearly Student Art Show both in 2016 and more recently in 2019. In 2019, she received the Felicity Abby Jane Mathieu Art Scholarship and became the president of its Pottery Club, as well as treasurer of its visual arts club Artitude. In May 2020, she will have her culminating AFA in Art Exhibition. Sarah’s artwork is increasingly inspired by the consistent cycles, and designs found in nature. Through such imagery, she creates narratives that illustrate and contemplate our own human nature — how our biology, psychology and ultimately, spirituality is intrinsically woven into the structures of the rest of the natural world that surrounds us.
I have always been enamored with nature — with its endless intricacy and its constant ebb and flow. There has always seemed to me a clear purpose and design behind the structures and habits of nature. As my life has unfolded, I have come to recognize that my pull to nature comes from the value it gives to my own interior life — human biology and psychology, and in turn, our spirituality, is intrinsically tied to the cycles of the natural world. It all appears to me to be inseparably woven together in a sacred mystery, and this gives me faith that there is as much meaning in my own life as I see in the natural world.
In truth, I see my attraction to this phenomenon — the connection between humanity and nature — as an intentionally placed undercurrent to my life, meant to lead me to the One who, I believe, designed it all in the first place. Nature has always seemed a sacred space to me, and our own physical bodies have been described as temples. Thus, as the cathedral visually calls us to lift our eyes up to heaven, and calls heaven down to us by holding a place for communion with God, so nature calls, even commands, us to spiritual introspection – to contemplate who we are and what we were made for.
I use art as a way to respond to this call. Inspired by the natural world, which I recognize as the work of my God, the original Creator, my own work often features organic forms, natural color palates, and energetic patterns that harmoniously merge a myriad of intricate details. Using such imagery, I create visual narratives that attempt to capture something of the relationships I see between His creations — the natural world and the human soul.