Monica Kjellman-Chapin was born in Oslo, Norway but left early with her family for the US, settling in New Mexico. She trained as an art historian and eventually received a doctorate in the field. A former Associate Professor at Emporia State University, Monica has written a number of articles for professional journals and textbooks, and in 2013 she published a book on kitsch and its relation to politics, patriotism, and postmodernism. In 2021 she completed her journeyman’s certificate as a blacksmith. Monica currently lives in southern Norway, where she owns and operates KjellmanChapin Blacksmiths with her partner, Benjamin.

Monica will give a lecture about an ongoing body of work collectively entitled “Vessels to my mother.” The series is both elegiac and exegetical, exploring her relationship with her mother, the mourning of her death, and the process and processing of grief.

The lecture will be in English. It is a hybrid event, you can join us in person in Samlingssalen, or online with Zoom Meeting ID: 816 7185 3904