Mono means one; single; alone. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas. It is one carbon atom attached to a single oxygen atom. Monophonic sounds are recorded to sound like they are emanating from a single source. Mono records were phased out, for the most part, after the early 1970s. Some people prefer them. Mononucleosis, or mono, the “kissing sickness”, is an illness that can leave you feeling tired for weeks or months. Mono goes away on its own, and is usually only a problem for teenagers. Kazimir Malevich is the founder of monochrome painting. He painted Suprematist Composition: White on White in 1918. When Malevich died in 1935, his friends buried his ashes in a grave marked with a black square. Monomania is a psychosis, an obsession with a single thing or idea. Mono is a prefix.
The works in Mono represent an emptying out. I've simplified my drawing tools to sumi ink, paper, and a single brush. They are the product of hundreds of other drawings, from which I steal and recombine forms, making them into one.