Monica Sheets - "collectively we support your autonomy"
About the artwork
“Collectively we support your autonomy” reflects on the dynamic paradox of our social interdependence. We do not exist as individuals in a state of nature prior to society, but rather our ability to express ourselves as individuals is created by the society in which we live. The COVID-19 pandemic reveals this tension in new ways when maintaining community health relies on our individual actions, like wearing a mask to protect others.
Meet the artist
Monica Sheets creates platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for herself and other participants. She was born in Toledo, Ohio and her experiences growing up in the Rust Belt were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums.