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A lot of Luck and pop of art
Local artist's work on billboard tells story
 
Published Thursday, January 23, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

Not every artist can say they’ve had their work displayed on a billboard, but Monique Luck can.

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Charlotte artist Monique Luck is one of 20 Mecklenburg residents to participate in the Arts & Science Council’s ArtPop initiative. ASC partnered with Adams Outdoor Advertising to feature local art on billboards in the area. 

Luck was one of 20 artists chosen from the hundreds of artists that live and work in Mecklenburg County to participate in the Arts and Science Council’s ArtPop initiative. ASC partnered with Adams Outdoor Advertising to feature the works of local artists on billboards in the area.

Luck submitted her work for consideration after hearing about ArtPop from colleagues.

“I thought it was a really good program for artists to be able to showcase their work,” she said. “At the same time, it was a great opportunity for the people in the Charlotte community to be able to experience all different kinds of art work, and anything that has to do with the arts, I’m all for.”

It’s not the first time Luck’s work has been displayed as public art. Her first paying gig was 10 years ago when she was commissioned by the Sprout Fund and her hometown, Pittsburgh, to work on a public mural. Since then she has done several public art installations around the nation. You’re likely to see her work on the streets of a number of cities, including Dallas, Beverly Hills, New York and Atlanta.

Luck is an award-winning self-taught muralist and mixed media artist, meaning she uses a variety of materials from recycled scrap to fabrics and paper. She said she determines which materials to use based on the story she’s trying to tell.

At first glance, some of her pieces can be deceiving because they look one-dimensional, but when you move closer, they are actually collages with texture and layers that tell a deeper story.

Luck said she often looks to her personal life for inspiration.

“I’m mostly inspired by things I experience and the people I’ve met,” she said. “The majority of my pieces are of my family members and close friends. Their stories inspire my pieces. I definitely feel like my art has a story to tell.”

The piece selected for ArtPop is titled “I see my daughters.”

“That piece, I did of my baby sister,” said Luck. “When my mom saw it, she said ‘I see all my daughters in that piece,’ and there’s four of us girls. Even, though it was of my sister, my mom could see all of us in that one piece. So that’s why I named it that.”

Her sister has since passed away, and Luck said that since her death, the piece has taken on new meaning.

“It was a really great moment that I was able to capture,” she said. “That piece is about taking a moment and appreciating something very simple. She’s smelling flowers, but it kind of says a lot for everyone in that they should take all the moments that they can and appreciate all those moments we have.”

Since moving to Charlotte in 2007, Luck has slowly immersed herself in the local arts scene, while continuing to contribute work to national programs. She’s worked with the Cornelius Arts Center and currently teaches classes and conducts tours at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The Gantt also sells her work in its gift shop.

“That’s been a great opportunity for me,” she said.

Luck is prepping for a recycled art fashion show on April 12 at UNC-Charlotte in partnership with Art Ecology. Find out more about her and view some of her work at moniqueluck.com.

For more information on artists participating in ArtPop and to locate billboards, visit artsandscience.org. 

Comments

FAB article!!!!!!! Great way to share your wonderful story. I am really happy you used the piece of Carissa.
Posted on January 30, 2014
 
I love your work. It is inspirational and thought provoking. It is impossible to just glance at your work. It is reflective and moving.
Posted on January 30, 2014
 
Awesome artist and story!
Posted on January 30, 2014
 

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