Photo by Becca Lemire 

Photo by Becca Lemire 

Monica

"I'm an artist  who loves to draw every day but especially on rainy days during thunderstorms. The results are whimsically dark, and speak about the magic in the mundane aspects of life. Best enjoyed with a dark roast of fair trade, shade grown, organic coffee by moonlight."
You can view finished art on this site and process work on my FB page or Instagram.

People

"I love people but crowds make me edgy. Crowds are groups of two or more. I enjoy giving art and tarot advice and not surprised since the name 'Monica' means 'advisor.' I was told by a respected friend and elder many, many years ago that she saw me offering clarity to people. Though I love people my art is a necessity or I feel ill and can easily stay holed-up drawing for days before I noticed the weather has changed."

Bio

An artist, illustrator and author who holds a Bachelor's degree in design from OCAD University, Bodirsky is a first generation Canadian, of mixed Northern Germanic and Eastern European, and Romani roots.

A professional commercial and fine artist for over thirty years her work appears in publications, book covers and has been shown throughout galleries in Canada and the United States. Her  Lucky Lenormand Oracle deck, was well-received and her second edition made it's debut in New York City at the annual Readers Studio. The most recent and third deck, the House of Shadows Oracle, is a whimsically dark pen and ink Lenormand style oracle released in Spring of 2018.

As a tarot and oracle reader she shares her forty years of experience and esoteric knowledge in her Dark Moon Wise certification course and is high priestess of the Dark Moon Coven. She  is the founder and program director of WITCHfest North in Toronto, an annual arts festival held each October and was a tarot expert on the set of the films 'At Risk' and 'The Front' sharing her knowledge with lead actress Diahann Carroll.  As an activist, she is engaged in many areas of community work and has been president and director of several boards and advisory councils including the Indigenous and Romani communities in Toronto.

Features include CBC radio's Tapestry with Mary Hynes, The Toronto Star, Vice, as well as Toronto Life Magazine, Canadian Culture Magazine, Now Magazine, Brit and Co., The Torontoist and The Social television show. Both her art and writing appear in publications such as A Romani Women's Anthology: Spectrum of the Blue Water, Writing the Roma, Cartomancer magazine, the Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Toronto, and various blogs and journals. She works as sessional faculty at OCAD University teaching drawing and a think tank course on sustainability and design. In 2015 Bodirsky was nominated for the BLG Faculty Award for Equity which recognizes distinctive and outstanding work in teaching, pedagogy, research or creative work and service in advancing OCAD U’s mandate in fostering an inclusive, equitable and diverse learning environment inside and/or outside the classroom. To assist hose who wish to connect arts and earth-based spirituality, she offers 'Awakening',  an annual intensive, international artist residency taking place each summer on Toronto Island. She currently resides in Toronto with her lifelong partner Allan.