b. New York
Monica Banks currently lives and works in East Hampton, NY. After graduating from Vassar with a degree in Philosophy, she went on to study design at Domus Academy in Milan, and metalworking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Banks creates sculptural projects using beads, reconfigured jewelry, and constructions with bits of detritus gleaned from daily life, all joined together by pieces of twisted wire. She also uses photography to document the experience of her work, making the pictures the art. Banks sees this as a new way to relate to her interest in installation pieces and their temporality.

Banks’ work has been featured in solo exhibitions and included in group exhibitions. Her public works include Louisa and Rusty, Percent for Art Program, horse and dog sculptures at Hunts Point Youth Recreation Center, Bronx NY, 2002; Faces: Times Square, permanent 166 foot sculptural fence on traffic median between Seventh Ave. and Broadway, New York NY, 1996; and Sketches, permanent installation, Levine Children's Hospital, Charlotte NC, 2007. 

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