Monifa is a self-taught artist who is always open to exploration. Her work is centered around inspiration gathered from meditation experiences in the form of, intuitive messages, exercises in self-love, healing past trauma, experiences with nature, colorful visions and sage advice and conversations with spiritual people. She works primarily in oil pastel, colored pencils and watercolor.
Note: This work is meant to be viewed in a vertical manner. At the time of me uploading the image, it appears to be displayed in a horizontal manner, which is incorrect. Please view it in a vertical sense. Thank You.
I was a dance educator and performed professionally as a contemporary dancer, tap dancer and choreographer for 16 years. My life was dance until the summer of 2016; at the age of 40 my physical body had had enough. Although performing was no longer an option for me, I still felt the need to be creative and express myself in any way I could. I explored a variety of art-forms. I explored vegan baking, sewing and learning about the fashion industry, jewelry making and curating artisan vendor markets in Brooklyn. Life has its twists and turns; I also found myself leaving my full-time arts education job with the NYC Department of Education, leaving Brooklyn, moving to Maryland then on to Newark, NJ.
So, now what? I keep moving and find new ways to create. One day I decided to do a 30-day meditative and creative challenge. Each day there was an assignment; it began with a free writing exercise about what creativity means to me. The next day’s assignment was to sketch something (can’t remember exactly). It was at this moment that I remembered that I used to love to draw some twenty plus years ago. I didn’t even remember that I had any kind of skill in this area. I began sketching, learning and exploring. I am a work in progress. Welcome to my new art journey.
B.F.A. - The Univeresity of the Arts, Phila., P.A.
Contemporary Dance Performance
M.A. - The Laban Centre, London, U.K.
Dance in Education, Choreography
M.S. - Lehman College, Bronx, N.Y.
Early Childhood Education