Monica Bonvicini

Modern Art Oxford

On one of the six sketches that comprise drawings for Anxiety Attack, 2003, from which the title of this show was taken, Monica Bonvicini has written: I GET FURIOUS AT STAIRWAYS, FURIOUS AT DOORS, AT WALLS, FURIOUS AT EVERYDAY LIFE WHICH INTERFERES WITH THE CONTINUITY OF ECSTASY. Does this quote from Anaïs Nin’s House of Incest (1936) reflect the desire for a transparent architecture that does not constrict or obstruct behavior in any way? It’s a pretty dream, but not one that much concerns Bonvicini. Rather, she is preoccupied with the way in which built forms shape our ability to be ourselves. Bonvicini provokes her audience to question the implications of design decisions—what historical precedents they rely on, what attitudes they assume or reinforce, what actions they encourage or suppress—and to reflect on how they manifest themselves in the quality of our personal experience of

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