One of my online friends sent me this picture, and he said: Believe it or not, this is an oil painting!
I didn’t want to believe him, because it looks like an intimate snapshot caught by a photographer. Then, he gave me the link to check out her work
It’s quite impressive!
Her paintings explore the tension between abstraction and realism, using different filters to visually distort and disintegrate the body.
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Alyssa Monks began oil painting as a child.
She studied at The New School in New York and Montclair State University and earned her B.A. from Boston College in 1999. During this time she studied painting at Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence. She went on to earn her M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2001.
“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.”
“When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself,” … “I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet – if both can coexist in the same moment.”