Artist Mione Plant’s Mathematical Beauty
I met artist Mione Plant in Dallas, Texas in an unusual way – she was a consultant with the company I used for custom draperies! (For this project, actually.) I loved collaborating with her on my design projects, and with a shared love of art and color, we clicked immediately.
She’s a former engineer, so transitioning into interiors was already a big career switch. But not long after we met, she took the leap and left the interior design world to pursue art full-time. Now, she sells her original art (and gorgeous silk scarves!) while raising her son. Let’s get to know this badass creative mama.
5 Questions with artist Mione Plant
Mione (it rhymes with neon, by the way) shares how her engineering background emerges in her paintings, her favorite piece created during quarantine, and why art should evoke a feeling and not blend in with your decor.
What are you known for? Describe your artistic style in 3 words.
In each painting, I love to create beautifully mathematic combinations – celebrating my path from engineer to artist by mixing right brain with left brain, playfulness with precision, joy with geometry, whimsy with substance. I hope to bring joy through my artwork, but maybe even more importantly, to bring connection, to acknowledge our shared journey. The trials we experience and the beauty and magic of overcoming them; of facing fears and coming out on the other side; of pausing, stopping, slowing down to recognize beauty and magic all around us. My work is whimsical, mathematical, and meaningful.
What is your earliest memory of creating art?
I remember sitting alone in my room, at 5 years old, with a magical wheel of crayons before me, and being mesmerized as I carefully considered each color.
What’s your favorite medium to work in, and why?
I choose to work with acrylics, typically on canvas. The colors are saturated and rich, quick to dry, durable, and long-lasting. Low fumes also allow me to work inside my home studio, where I feel most inspired and at ease.
What piece are you most proud of?
One of my most recent paintings, titled “It All Adds Up” (above) holds a very special place for me. It was created in the midst of quarantine, where I had very little time for my artwork as I was taking care of our son full-time. This piece wouldn’t leave my mind however and had to be made. Somehow I created the time, and found a way to express, in my own way, the magic of the sunflower seeds we planted at the beginning of quarantine. I discovered their correlation to the Fibonacci sequence, which was an important element of my engineering education and 10-year career. It feels like the perfect mix of both sides of my brain, and helps me find comfort and meaning in the trials of these times. That all of our efforts, hard work, and sacrifice add up to something bigger.
What other artists inspire you?
What tips do you have for homeowners when choosing art for their homes?
Go towards what holds meaning for you, that helps you connect with or express your story, that stirs your imagination, that makes you smile, that makes you feel calm and refreshed. A room will easily adjust around a painting – you don’t have to select a piece that ‘matches’ but rather one that has meaning for you. Its ok to have fun with your art, and bring in a piece that makes you smile as you pass by. Art doesn’t need to blend in, it’s ok to make a statement and have it grab your attention and imagination.