I started the Cloud series in 2006 when I received boxes of my childhood toys, jewelry and trinkets and wanted to give meaning to this history through my sculpture. The process involved combining beads and other souvenirs of my present life with these fragments of my past, and connecting them in tangles of wire that hang, like mobiles, from a ceiling or branch, creating dangling objects that shimmer in the air like the stories we tell about ourselves. Which is more valuable, a gold chain given to me in high school or a piece of rusty wire found on a walk during a recent warm January day? In later pieces, the arrangements of feathers, fingernail clippings, insects and rings allow me to explore motherhood and marriage, art and the enchantments of an ever-changing life.  

Clouds
Monica Banks Clouds wire, found objects
Cloud Obscure
2007-2015
wire, found objects
12" x 12" x 12"
Monica Banks Clouds wire, found objects
Cloud Nest
2007-2015
wire, found objects
6" x 8" x 16"

Monica Banks Clouds wire, found objects
Cloud Light
2007-2015
wire, found objects
10" x 10" x 10"
Monica Banks Clouds wire, found objects
Cloud Management
2007-2015
wire, found objects
9" x 9" x 20"

Monica Banks Clouds Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack NY
Cloud Garden (installation)
2012-2013
Rockland Center for the Arts, Nyack NY
Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud Garden (installation)

Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud Garden (installation)
Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud Garden (installation)

Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud 62 (detail)
Monica Banks Clouds wire, found objects, tar
Cloud 62
2012
wire, found objects, tar
18" x 20" x 16"

Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud 22
Monica Banks Clouds 19" x 35.5" x 24"
Cloud 22 (detail)
2012
19" x 35.5" x 24"
Wire, found objects

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found object
Cloud 52
2012
Wire, found object
14" x 17" x 12"
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 70
2012
Wire, found objects
9" x 9" x 9"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 44
2012
Wire, found objects
14" x 18" x 16"
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 77
2012
Wire, found objects
10" x 9" x 10"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 16
2012
Wire, found objects
22.5" x 20" x 19"
Monica Banks Clouds
Cloud 16 (detail)

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 23
2012
Wire, found objects
9" x 15" x 13"
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 52
2012
Wire, found objects
12" x 13" x 11"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 6
2012
Wire, found objects
10" x 9" x 3"
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 108
2012
Wire, found objects
11" x 6" x 5"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 64
2009
Wire, found objects
43" x 84" x 45"
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 64
2009
Wire, found objects
43" x 84" x 45"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Orb
2011
Wire, found objects
6 ½" x 6 ½" x 6 ½" in a 9 ¾" plexi cube
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
House Cloud
2011
Wire, found objects
3 1/2" x 2" x 2" in a 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" plexi box

Monica Banks Clouds
Putrescence (detail)
Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Putrescence
2008
Wire, found objects
26" x 9" x 9"

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects, beads
Nestology
2007
Wire, found objects, beads
15" x 66" x 15"
Monica Banks Clouds
Nestology (detail)

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Bourgeoisology
2007
Wire, found objects
10" x 29" x 10"
Monica Banks Clouds
Bourgeoisology (detail)

Monica Banks Clouds Wire, found objects
Cloud 7 (in situ)
2009
Wire, found objects
16" x 21" x9"
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