Mona Saii is a printmaker and painter from Moorpark, California that investigates profound human experiences and the human condition through visual storytelling. A purposeful use of dark and light elements, centrality of human characters, emphasis on expression, and fantastical situations help to express the emotion of her artwork and of her character(s). In addition, she create sequences among her pieces to tell a story. The Romanticist-inspired style of Mona’s artwork is reminiscent of the humanities and of old classic literature. She feels that a reminder of the humanities helps to encourage a recognition of the depth and richness of human emotions as well as a reflection on being human.
Mona’s artwork is greatly influenced by Eastern as well as Western religions, mysticism, philosophy, classic literature, and psychology. The unifying theme behind all that inspires her is the depth and capability of the human experience, whether that is a state of flow, rapture, depression, or introspection.
What are some things or artists that inspire you?
The depth and richness of the human mind is very fascinating to me. I think it’s amazing how personal and complex a person’s first-hand experience can be as well as the great variety of what one can experience. Much of my artwork is drawn from my inspiration with human beings as well as with spirituality/mysticism and the Victorian Era. I find great inspiration within the past and with human nature. I love all kinds of artwork but I especially love the artwork of Gustave Dore, Henry Fuseli, William Blake and Francisco Goya.
What am I currently working on now?
Currently, I am working on a dry point piece called “Wandering in the Mind.” I plan to create a series of prints and paintings with different interpretations of this theme. I am also working on setting up online platforms for viewing of my artwork. I am hoping that my print “Wandering in the Mind” will be included in the physical Passionate Perspectives exhibit.