the last ten years, since immigrating to the USA," writes Mounira Stott,
"my work has been influenced more and more by my fascination with the
modern city - its textures, rhythms and ever changing patterns particularly
New York City. Ms. Stott came to the U.S. from Russia, where she received
her B.F.A. from the Moscow College of Artistic Professions in 1992. She
also studied and worked in the field of electronics and computers, previously
receiving her M.S. in Automation and Remote Control Electronics from the
Moscow Radio Technology Institute in 1981. and her B.S. in Computers, Instruments
and Devices from the Rasplatin College of Radio-Technology in 1975.
"Initially I captured
a more representational view of New York, focusing on the play of colors
and planes within a clear representation of the scene at hand. More recently
however I try to separate my representation of the texture and the rhythm
of the city from my representation of its reality, to draw the viewer
into an appreciation and a sense of those rhythms without losing his or
her connection to their source the reality of the city. By using
a variety of unusual perspectives that surprise the viewer, he at first
loses the citys reality and sees only the essence of
its vitality in the light, color and planes of the painting. This essence
reaches directly to his emotions rather than his mind. However, as the
mind has a few minutes to digest what it sees it suddenly penetrates the
surprising perspective and realizes that this is an urban landscape
and thus makes the connection.
Mounira Stott's artwork is in many collections in the US and Russia, and has been shown in many venues including the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, on the Upper West Side, NYC; the Blue Mountain Gallery, Chelsea, NYC; Ward-Nasse Gallery, SoHo, NYC; and NoHo Gallery, NYC; as well as at the CARTUS Corporation in Danbury, CT; and the Artwell Gallery in Torrington, CT, juried by Cynthia Roznoy, Ph.D, curator of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury. In Russia, her work was honored to be shown in the Artist's Guild Gallery, and to be in the Office of the President, the State Museum, and in the Ministry of Culture in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan.