Monica Dixon is an visual artist, designer, and movement instructor based in Kansas City.
She grew up in West Plains, Missouri, a small town near the Arkansas border. She moved to Kansas City to study art and design at the Kansas City Art Institute. During a semester abroad in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, she studied graphic design and digital media. Shortly after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in painting in 2011, she returned to Europe for another half year engaged in work exchanges on organic farms and gardens. These experiences were led by a fascination with permaculture, anthropology, and meditation. In 2014 she lived and worked at the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Later that year, Monica found herself in India. During her three-month stay, she participated in her first Vipassana meditation and worked on a permaculture farm outside of Auroville, Tamil Nadu. After returning to the US, she tried out living in Brooklyn, New York before deciding that moving back to Kansas City was the way to go.
Monica’s studio practice encompasses installation, sculpture, collage, costuming, and movement workshops. Pervasive throughout the various forms her work takes is a fascination with exploring the elusive, seemingly intangible elements of personal reality (memory, emotion, belief, etc.) through sensual experience. She constructs images, objects, spaces, and events meant to encourage playful exploration of the unknown and the uncomfortable.
She has exhibited locally as well as internationally. From 2016-2017 she was a resident artist with the Charlotte Street Foundation. She is a two-time recipient of the Art in The Loop Commission. A large-scale outdoor installation can also be found at the Winthrop-Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Arkansas. Her work can be seen in the permanent collection of the Crossroads Hotel in Kansas City. She recently co-curated the exhibition Mirror Eupepsia with Annie Woodfill at La Esquina, also in Kansas City.
Monica is a 200hr RYT, trained at the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda. She has experience working individually with people of all experience and ability levels ranging from clients with chronological illnesses and physical disabilities to professional athletes and dancers. Her guidance emphasizes cultivating a trusting relationship with one’s own body, and a focused awareness of breath and sensation. In 2014 she lived and worked at the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda in Stockbridge, Massachusetts which exposed her to a depth and diversity of new and ancient movement practices including yoga, qigong, and free form dance. Later that year, experienced her first Vipassana meditation in Dehradun, India. She is currently obtaining her 500 hr RYT certification as well as a 85hr prenatal yoga teacher certification.
Photo by Marie Dougherty