Mona Caron is from Swiss, lives in San Francisco, and uses muralism, illustration, and photography in her art and Artivism. The focus is on murals that are informed by the community and site-specific in public spaces. Mona has created large-scale murals in the US, Europe, South America, and Asia. Mona has studied stop-motion animation as part of the “WEEDS” project and co-creates visuals for street action outreach with social and environmental movements.
She was raised in the wild and green Centovalli region of Ticino, Switzerland. Mona owes her love of botany and its natural forms to the natural environment and her mother and grandmother’s teachings. She mysteriously inherited the style of depicting plants from her grandfather, a botanical illustrator, although never close. Her father, theater set designer Peter Bissegger, also influenced her attention to the visual environment’s influence on audiences’ emotions and vitality.
She briefly studied English literature at the University of Zurich before moving to San Francisco, where she attended the University’s Academy of Arts, graduating with BFA honors in illustration. In the last decade, through her Weeds project, she has studied art that combines painting with photography by creating stop-motion mural animation and short videos.
Murals in public spaces are Mona’s primary focus. The goal is to activate public spaces by simultaneously creating interactive works of art and street events, using painting narratives to spark conversations and critical awareness about the areas we share.
Mona’s first decade in mural-ism was defined by a very location-specific, detailed, and immersive narrative mural of the community, which reflects the past, present, and future imaginations of their environment through a uniquely penetrated participatory process, which is considered part of artworks. This process has been featured in the Emmy-winning documentary, “A Brush With the Tenderloin.” It has been the underlying praxis of much of Mona’s work in her hometown of San Francisco.