It is our immense pleasure to introduce you to an amazing, young Chicago-based artist, Lizzie Monsreal. She is a college student with an absurd amount of talent! Lizzie is a spectacular visual artist that has experience with a plethora of media including watercolor and charcoal. Most recently, she has been working with textiles. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to interview her to learn more about what inspires her art, what current projects she is working on and how arts education has left an impression on her life and work. One thing we’re absolutely sure of is that whatever medium Lizzie uses she is sure to create magic.
Why is your art important to you?
Art lets me be able to express my emotions and feelings in the best way through my imagination. Without it, I wouldn't be able to speak in my own voice through art.
What do you want your art to say?
I want my art to be able to express important topics through my artwork, such as feminism, the environment. I also would like to be able to connect my artwork/experiences with my audience.
What project are you working on now?
My recent project right now is a sweater that I am knitting using a knitting machine with local yarn in Chicago. It is so far a prototype, but I am working with colors a lot and texture.
Who is your favorite artist?
That is a hard one! I always find myself loving so many pieces of artwork. I guess one really good one I love would be, The Kiss, by Gustav Klimt.
How has arts education impacted your life?
Art education has impacted me in so many different ways as an artist and a person. It has helped me see from different perspectives as an artist and helped me understand all the different medias I can use through my artwork.
To see more art, follow Lizzie Monsreal on Instagram: @lizziemonsrealart
Lizzie Monsreal is a Latina Chicago artist, designer, and writer. She was born in Merida, Yucatan, but raised in Chicago South suburbs. She is currently a student at Columbia College Chicago who majors in Fashion & Costume Design. Other than studying fashion, she is also does freelancing in Fine arts, Illustration, and Writing. Her artwork is focused around personal growth, femininity, feminism, the environment, and anything else she feels needs a voice.