Monday, June 11, 2012

The Photorealism of Alyssa Monks

I love photography. I'm awestruck when I see a painter with such skill as to trick even my eye. Moreover when it's the difficult task of depicting condensation and fogged up glass and the many layers of transparencies. Pretty amazing stuff. Check out the rest of Alyssa Monks' work and be as amazed as I am right now. ...and she's actually a stone cold fox to boot. Check her bio and judge for yourself. ;)

In her bio, Monk says about her work... "Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces. These filters allow for large areas of abstract design - islands of color with activated surfaces - while bits of the human form peak through. In a contemporary take on the traditional bathing women, my subjects are pushing against the glass “window”, distorting their own body, aware of and commanding the proverbial male gaze. Thick paint strokes in delicate color relationships are pushed and pulled to imitate glass, steam, water and flesh from a distance. However, up close, the delicious physical properties of oil paint are apparent. Thus sustaining the moment when abstract paint strokes become something else."

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