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.
Wake, oil on linen, 2009 by Alyssa Monks
Window II, oil on linen, 2011 by Alyssa Monks
Tell, oil on panel, 2011 by Alyssa Monks
Smirk, oil on linen, 2009 by Alyssa Monks
Pause, oil on panel, 2009 by Alyssa Monks
Fish, oil on linen, 2007 by Alyssa Monks
Stare, oil on linen, 2010 by Alyssa Monks
Echo, oil on linen, 2006 by Alyssa Monks
Nod, oil on panel, 2009 by Alyssa Monks
Laugh, oil on linen, 2009 by Alyssa Monks