Art in Embassies – Monica Stroik


Mercury, 2015

Oil on panel
36 x 36 in. (91,4 x 91,4 cm)

Courtesy of the artist, Alexandria, Virginia


Small 320 (320 x 213)

Medium 500 (500 x 333)

Large 2048 (2048 x 1365)

Biography – Monica Storik

Monica Storik
Monica Storik

“Exploring the ideas of perception, perspective, and memory, Monica Stroik has created a completely new body of work that questions each individual’s awareness of their every day surroundings. Like the implied line, each individual fills in the missing space with his or her own experience from memory.

Artisphere’s surrounding architectural landscape is the direct subject for the series; the viewer is directed on a walk of the surrounding area, stopping in specific points to look around them and absorb the setting. Upon entering the gallery, the Viewer then is presented with multiple quadriptych series, paintings of oil on panel, which encapsulate the defining points of the landscape while leaving the space for the viewer’s recollection.”

Monica Stroik was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Reston, Virginia. She received her Master of Fine Arts in 2013 from the Mt. Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2010 she completed a six-year studio residency at the Arlington Arts Center in Virginia. She has participated in a summer painting residency at School of Visual Arts in New York. Stroik has exhibited across the D.C. metropolitan area including the Arlington Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Civilian Art Project, Area 405, and the Glenview Mansion.  Besides painting, Stroik also mixes video for live musical performances and collaborates with her husband, Doug Kallmeyer, a musician and a composer, creating music videos.