Alyssa Monks has studied, taught, and exhibited art all around the world, but her paintings zoom in to capture intimate gestures and private moments. She describes 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 […] I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet – if both can coexist in the same moment.”
While the subjects are familiar, the beautifully rendered details and textured layers in Monks’ paintings make the images unexpected, intriguing, and wonderfully absorbing.