Introducing our 2019 CeramAiR artist in residence Mona Lisa Ali

We are so delighted to welcome Mona Lisa Ali to the Caetani Cultural Centre!

Mona will be our CeramAiR Artist in Residence for a whole 3 months, from early January till early April. You’ll most often find her at the Vernon Community Arts Centre’s ceramics studio, where she’ll be busy creating.

You’ll also get a chance to see her 3 months of work near the end of her residency – we’ll be hosting an art exhibition in our Studio Gallery – just get on the newsletter list to stay up-to-date.


Mona Lisa Ali is a Jordanian-American artist. 

She works in 3D media, between virtual and physical space. Primarily working in CGI and sculpture, her work deals with externalizing ideas of cultural transmission, place, and resting points.

She attempts to reconcile the notion of longing and belonging in a third space, not that of her ancestors or current place of being, but a mobile center that has no physical space.

Currently, she is focused on using clay and hand-made materials requiring labour intensive processes to activate spaces, allowing for rest and release.

In 2016 she was awarded the Comtemporary Art Society of Vancouver’s Emerging Artist Award, and in 2018 received a fellowship with the Oregon Arts Commission.

She recently completed a residency at YYZ in Toronto, and at Spring Sessions, a communal residency in Amman, Jordan, where she was invited to participate for a second year. Her most recent exhibition was an installation at Darat Al Fanun, a beacon for contemporary Arab art in Amman.


You can see more of Mona’s work and learn more about her here.



Learn more about the CeramAiR program here.