Monica Sjöö Memorial
you have looked through our online Art Gallery you may agree that
Monica created an absolutely extra-ordinary body of work. She fully
deserves further recognition as an outstanding artist of
Reproductions can alas not equal the experience of standing in front
of a real-life Sjöö painting! Many of them radiate out from the
wall and speak to the visitor in a language that overcomes barriers
of time, race, culture and yes, also sex!
It is sad that her lovely treasure of numerous paintings are
presently in store due to lack of funds (see photo on the right). It would be
wonderful if they were displayed somewhere for everyone to enjoy and
to be inspired.
We welcome your help through donating
and by taking the time to read this page.
importance of Monica's work
We live in a world where we are saturated with images from all the
media. However, if we have seen the difference between a
reproduction of a 'Van Gogh', 'Rembrandt' or any of the other
acknowledged Masters of Art and then see their original works in a
museum on the wall, vibrant and alive, we understand why people make
such a fuss about their work!
Monica was such a very special talent, a 'Mistress', or rather a
'Mother of Art', an international treasure. Her writings, although
important and innovative in their ideas when they were written,
maybe have their limits as documents of our time, but Monica's
paintings belong in a timeless class beyond that, truly inspired as
they are by the source that created us all.
the centuries some of the finest artists all over the world have
created works of deep meaning and beauty in honour of and in the
search of this source. Work that always transcended the boundaries
and dogma's of their paymasters. Monica was an artist in this
tradition. She defied contemporary fashions and commercial
considerations and lived all her life on a minimum income. She was
dedicated to creating these astounding visions of dimensions we can
feel, but which challenge the limits of what can be explained by
logic and the spoken word.
In doing so, she also created a whole new school of eco-spiritual
art, which has influenced many other artists, especially women,
through exhibitions, slideshows, her books and the
a Permanent Exhibition
It would be wonderful to find a building (maybe a disused chapel,
church or an abandoned industrial building, etc.?), which can house
a permanent Monica Sjöö exhibition. The first aim would be to
create an attraction where the general public can have the
experience of seeing her work. In addition such a building could
maybe serve as some sort of centre for ecological spirituality. A
focus point of evolving awareness of our intimate interactive
relationship with our environment and its energies. The city of
Bristol in England might possibly be a good choice for such a place,
since Monica was based there for most of her adult life, apart from
a 5 year interlude in the West Wales countryside.
invitation to all who read this to help with the Monica Sjöö
In order to accomplish setting up a permanent exhibition a
Monica Sjöö Memorial Trust needs to be created. We are looking
presently into how to bring this about.
Monica's only surviving son Toivo, his partner Annie and their
children are living close to the Earth by being subsistence farmers
on a small organic holding in Portugal. Therefore we invite anyone
who is moved by and interested in Monica's work to join in this
project. Please don't be shy to respond!
Contributions and talents on all levels are needed:
People with skills (or willingness to acquire these skills!) in
areas such as finance, grants and subsidies, setting up and running
an Arts Centre, running a Trust.
People willing to invest some time.
People to make donations, small and large, to get the project
People on the look-out for a suitable building.
And so on......
Please write to the email@example.com,
or write an ordinary letter or phone:
Annie and Toivo,
Quinta Do Boiço,
3420 Póvoa de Midoes,
Tel. 00351(Portugal) 235 465 255
a number of people have registered their interest (and this may take
a while, since this is a new website, which needs time to get known
on the World Wide Web) the best way forward maybe to set up an email
discussion group to coordinate all efforts, organise meetings in
virtual and real space, and generally aim to bring together the
people who support a permanent exhibition.
We also hope that many of the visitors to these pages will respond
by making a donation, which can be done easily online through our donations
page. Any amount, small or large, will be much appreciated and put
to good use.
Meanwhile, we all owe Monica's longstanding good friends Maggie
Parks and her partner Phil a great debt of gratitude for taking
considerable trouble to store the bulk of the Sjöö legacy of
paintings in their house in Cornwall. Thank you Maggie and Phil!
you also to all who read this and are willing to spread the message
of the above plans to all other people who may take an interest.
Networking is vitally important.
love and hope from Annie, Toivo and Anna
Monica photographed at her Exhibition
"The Stones And The Goddess" in San Francisco 1990