I firmly believe that every particle of matter is infused with a spirit that longs for self-expression. The substance of matter is a record of fragility, of formal relationships that intersect with hidden connections that pervade the realm of existence at all levels with a yearning for order, a yearning for one’s own role. I want to create at least small islands of certainty, of lucidity and order inside the chaos of today’s world.

Our ability to survive this chaos lies in our hearts. The heart is the center of our existential world, of our thoughts, of our desires; the calm, pounding, beating, and even broken heart.

Painting is the vehicle of endless possibilities — I am trying to find a key that can open even the heart that is locked away.

Monika Abbott