Monique Blom is an artist who works in mixed media and performance art. In her performance practice, Blom address social and political issues, using her own body -- in addition to the physical settings and spaces where her performances take place -- to send a message.
Monique’s recent performance Meating the Challenge takes direct aim at recent provincial budget cuts in Saskatchewan. For this work, the artist collaborated with New York-based multidisciplinary artist and neuroscientist Arantxa Araujo, setting up a table with cutting and grinding implements. The pair of artists donned chef’s clothing and used meat as a prop for symbolically educating the public on how to make better “cuts.”
I appreciate the visceral, sometimes literally or even darkly humorous approach that Monique takes to her performances. In 2016’s Intent to Re-Side, the artist made a performance out of “helping” U.S. citizens become Canadians following the outcome of the election.