The secret life of plants

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked artist Monika Morito to tell us a little more about her life, her art and her sources of inspiration.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– The series of artworks I have created for The Ode To is called The secret life of my plants, because my biggest source of inspiration is, and will probably always be, nature. Especially its plants and the fruits they bear. I'm very interested in the pure Mediterranean and tropical nature, and the interiors of people who live there. I love how they design their homes coexisting with nature and plants.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

"Warm, longing, imperfect."

What technique do you use?  

– It ́s always a mix, but mostly I use acrylic, oil pastels and gouache.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I’m from the Philippines. When I was little, we always traveled a lot to visit my father's family in Germany, until we moved there. Growing up in the Philippines has influenced me and the art that I create. Actually, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an artist. In between, as I got older, I strayed a bit from it because I didn't believe it was possible. But then, last summer, I gathered all my courage and decided to quit my permanent job as a designer to become a full-time artist.

Is there any other artist that you wish for others to discover?  

– I admire the work of artist Camilla Engström. I love the serenity and happiness that she transmits to her followers on Instagram. I’m also in awe of the calmness and colour intensity that her artworks radiate. Her painting technique lends her artworks a special feel that I totally adore. It’s like you almost feel hypnotized by her artworks!

What we love about Monika Morito:

There’s something warm and welcoming about the art made by Monika Morito and we simply find it very hard to resist the way she combines earthy colours and abstract forms with stylized objects.