Using photography as a launching point and incorporating installation, sculpture and performance, Monique Atherton explores intense personal moments created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer into the various microcosmic states in which she exists. Her works aims to uncover unspoken desires, tensions and passions that reside on a subconscious level among the people in her images as well as between the artist and her public. Atherton was born in Japan and currently lives and works in New Haven. Atherton has exhibited in Washington DC, San Francisco, New Haven and New York. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Wassaic Project and was a contributor to ArtFile Magazine. She has a post-baccalaureate degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and received her MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art in 2016.