Savina Monet was born in sunny So-Cal, but raised in rainy Seattle. A West Coast baby through and through. Looking back on her life, she was always a creator. Instead of buying cards, she would make them. When siblings outgrew their clothes, she would cut and sew and create something new. It wasn’t until she was fired from her agriculture software job did she have a choice: find another 9-5 or build her own wealth by using her creativity. Since the beginning of her freelance career, cannabis has been featured in her work one way or another. For her, it was something that always has been in her life. Savina’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents all grew or medicated with cannabis. It was more secretive back then, but before anything, she saw the powerful medicinal effects that came from this sticky bud. In the end, Savina’s journey is to end the stigmatization of this beautiful plant, and the best way she can do that? By exposing people to the plant through her artwork.
Savina’s work reflects her day to day thought process. Her Instagram (@savinamonet) holds the freshest pieces that are inspired by current events, pop culture, or weird things she’s thought of after smoking. The more poignant pieces are usually a commentary about what’s going on around her and how she feels about it, good or bad. Art is the last form of free creative expression. So long as we are free and the water is flowing and the grass is growing, there will be an artist that processes their life through their creative expression.
Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘savage’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Savina Monet currently lives and works in Portland, OR creating engaging pieces for her community and the cannabis industry.