Artist Statement

My creative process involves writing, material exploration, and spending time in nature. I seek to create work that helps me to focus on beauty and reverence for the living world using a variety of tools including underwater photography, collage, encaustic, watercolour, inks, textiles, installation, and video.

In my professional practice I love to collaborate and work with others toward a shared vision and in ways that build and nurture community.


Monica Lacey is a Canadian/Italian multidisciplinary visual artist, writer, curator, and educator. She is driven by curiosity, service, and the pursuit of beauty in all its forms. She is inspired by flowers, water, ideas of home and belonging, and moments of change and liminality. She prioritizes connection and communication in her practice and employs a variety of tools as needed to express the vision of each project, from underwater photography to encaustic to watercolour to installations.

Monica holds a Diploma in Textiles and Photography from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and has received several awards and grants for excellence in her work and service to her community, including the Garfield Weston Award and the Nel Oudemans Award.

Professionally, Monica has worked for many years in the film industry as an Assistant Director and a Production Designer/Art Director, and previously served as Executive Director for this town is small inc. She currently serves as Chair for the City of Charlottetown Arts Advisory Board and on the planning committee for the Arts Atlantic Symposium. Monica is also a Peer Support Worker for Creative PEI and a Sessional Instructor at Holland College.

She lives in Epekwitk/PEI on unceded Mi’kmaq territory where, in addition to her studio practice, she teaches Kundalini Yoga and serves as director/curator for the Fitzroy St. Tiny Art Gallery, a miniature art space on her front lawn.

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