The Putnam area is home to a diverse population of skilled individuals who use their talents to better the world around them. These talents vary from skilled laborers to athletes to fine artists, all of which make Putnam a robust and beautiful place to live.
Monika Moser is a local sculptor who does not consider herself an artist, though most people who see the pieces she’s created would beg to differ.
“I don’t see myself as an artist. I just like to do,” she says. “I just like doing and creating things that I enjoy having around me. I like to create something out of a lump of material and give it meaning.”
Moser began sculpting after seeing a sculptor work when she was a teen and developing a deep appreciation for their work long before she tried her hand at the art.
“I always told myself I would try to do it,” she said. After her children grew up and moved out, she took a sculpting class at her local YWCA. From there, she discovered a passion for the art and worked to develop her skills through years of practice.
Moser’s work as a sculptor runs the gambit from expressive, abstract works to realistic portraits with her own personal flair. Moser conducts intensive research and works to develop a deep knowledge of her portrait subjects in order to recreate not only the face, but the personality of her subjects.
“I believe my background in psychology is the driving force behind my busts,” she explained. “I try to learn as much about [my subjects] to see why they were that way.”
Besides her impressive portraits using modeling clay and plaster, she also uses non-traditional materials to create other works. She says most recently she has been using aluminum cans to create flower bouquets. Her skills have been displayed in local art competitions like The Artisans Village Guild’s Dual Vision: Art Through Different Eyes Show where she made a sculpture based on a photographer’s photo of a group of turtles sitting on a log together.
“It was fun because I constantly had to explain that I did not kill any turtles for that project,” she laughed.
While she does not have any traditional training in her art, she has come to make it her own in both her process and her end results.
She has recently worked on a very special project for our community that will be featured in next week’s edition of The Eatonton Messenger.
“I’m trying to see a human, not just a face.”