Monika Varga

“When I was a little girl, I was moving between two gardens. In my dad’s garden there were many trees, whereas my mother’s was full of flowers. Dad’s garden was about real-world things, my mother’s was about emotions. Once, as my father was digging, he turned over an ant castle. The ants started running around and were trying to save their white, shelled future. Suddenly, I became fearful as it occurred to me: there might be a giant gardener who has us as really tiny ants in his garden; he can turn us out of our world at any moment.” -Monika

“You are moving among knowing, creating and losing yourself, in the labyrinth of emotions. Lacan thinks that consciousness is inseparable from self-recognition, but he regards self-recognition more important than consciousness. Nietzsche considered self-recognition as some kind of self-creation because the personality creates itself through self-recognition. As I create myself in a project, at the same time I become the victim of this ego.”

Monika Varga, Visual Artist & Literature Professor


My Sweet Mother’s Rosewood




“In existential mathematics that experience takes the form of two basic equations: The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”

― Milan Kundera, Slowness

Monika is a visual artist. She has a teaching degree in Literature and Journalism. She worked as an art journalist; nowadays she leads art therapy sessions for children. She believes in teaching through art, in the mind-shaping power of literature, in the power of colors, and in femininity. In her view, gentleness and strength aren’t mutually exclusive. Monika likes the silence of the zen. She moves with colors in the magical trinities: past-present-future, body-mind-speech, sleeping-dreaming-awakening. She was born in 1981, lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.