The son of a Lutheran minister, Monrüd's work is greatly influenced by his relationship to religion. He has wanted to believe, has believed, however, he have been agnostic for a significant portion of his life. He is finding his own sense of spirituality without the influence of organized religion. Therefore, concept and choice of materials are integrally related in Monrüd's work.
Layering describes both the materials and the theme of Monrüd's work in mixed portraiture, which seeks to reveal the inner mystery underlying visible qualities. Building up, then peeling away the surface, searching for the person within: another layer creates a new identity. There is a hint of familiarity, but at the same time certainty is elusive, there is always more- and less- than meets the eye.
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