Talking with Women of Wonder:
In celebration of Women’s History Month, SHOWFIELDS wanted to take this moment in time to highlight the female founders and artists who are pushing the envelope with mission-based topics that resonate most with our community. We like to refer to them as our Women of Wonder or “WOW.” This week we will be sharing an interview with with artist Mokibaby.
Introducing Artist, Veronica Gessa otherwise known as Mokibaby
What motivated/inspired you to start creating, thus beginning your journey as an artist?
M: I started my creative journey in Magnet schools in Miami studying theater and graduated from New World School of the Arts. After that I really fell in love with nightlife and experiences through music and events. Working with III Points, I was given the opportunity to begin making my own art. Through my TV installations many doors opened for me with production, design and creative producing for brands in music, hospitality, fashion and film. My motivation has always been expressing myself and finding ways to make a career out of it. I want to bring people joyful and colorful experiences that they carry with them. I want them to be inspired.
As a female artist, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?
M: I don't believe in barriers. I believe in jumping and climbing over them and breaking them so we aren't categorized as just female artists. We are creative humans and we kick ass, period.
What was your inspiration for "Electric Reef" featured in Showfields Miami?
M: My partners at Media Pollution and I had so much fun creating this Reef. My inspiration was Miami and growing up next to the ocean. I always felt like a mermaid growing up and have always loved underwater life. I wanted to bring attention to the danger of beach plastics and the effects of pollution in our dying Reefs; I was so grateful to partner with The Coral Reef Alliance and the Coral Reef Restoration foundation to provide opportunities for visitors at Showfields to get involved and donate through QR codes on the screens.
What is your dream project?
M: My dream project is to one day do a fully immersive solo show at a gallery and create a journey for patrons to travel through different rooms that feature my work. That and directing and designing a short film :)
What role do you believe the artist has in society?
M: Art is the driving force of human connection and education through entertainment. Art surrounds us constantly and should be seen and valued as our most important resource. I think we need to invest more money back into art programs in schools. Creating art, music and dance is such a beautiful way to inject love back into the world.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female artists?
M: Don't take no for an answer. Visualize your dreams and don't stop until you get there.