A Glimpse into Alyssa Monks paintings

published in: Art By Ricardo Hernandez, 30 January 2010

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"Press" 2008, 50x42, oil on linen (left) & "Stalemate" 2005, 42x56, oil on linen (right) © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

After a long day of work, a long hot shower seems to be the only method of allowing my body to release the stress and built up energy that sustained me during the day.  As water runs it begins to transform and create steam that travels in search of a surface; this new and temporal state filters our direct reflection.  We can all relate to that moment where we stand in front of a steamed mirror and the inevitable glance to a surface that transforms what you know of yourself.  The disconnection seems inconsequential, but why do we feel the need to validate our own mortality and wipe the mirror with a gentle stroke to reveal a common and familiar image? This dissonant relationship is what Alyssa Monks, a current Brooklynite, explores in her narrative figuration.  Her work utilizes the natural filter [water] in its different states created by our shared pleasures and explores its tension with realism.

"Smirk" 2009, 48x64, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Nod" 2009, 10x16, oil on panel. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Filtered" 2009, 48x72, oil on linen, © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

Utilizing photographs as loose reference, Alyssa Monks seems to enjoy understanding every drop of water and paint that goes into the linen. Her level of detail and artistic growth continues to show us a more vivid picture of human flesh and its tension with water. The passive filter possesses a powerful illusion that reshapes the image of the human body. The intimate image of this enclosed space evokes mystery, seduction, and a connection to what lies beyond this translucent material. It is only when the body interacts with this filter that we begin to see and feel the vignettes to the human body. It is through the interaction that we see the element transforming from gaseous to liquid, revealing the color of flesh, the flow of blood and the body reshaping.

"Pause" 2009, 16x24, oil on panel, © Alyssa Monks
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Monks' work reminds us of the vitality of our own bodies and the beauty of life, evident as we confront the different states of H2O. The paintings demonstrate our own humaneness with extreme accuracy. The compelling connection to the image is experienced with authenticity and sensitivity.  Her superb accuracy makes us look twice, as we feel we shouldn't be looking. It takes us to a private experience and allows us to explore and notice what we might have overlooked in our own bodies.

"Steamed" 2009, 64x86, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Wake" 2009, 40x60, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"The Race" 2007, 72x96, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

Alyssa Monks holds an MFA in painting from the NYAA // New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art. Her work will be exhibited at the Kunst Museum Ahlen, Germany and at the Noyes Museum. She is planning a solo show in April 2010 at the DFN Gallery and the David Klein Gallery in October 2010.  She is currently featured in the January 2010 American Art Collector Magazine.

Discover some more of her artworks through the pictures that follow //

"Noise" 2007, 64x86, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Fish" 2007, 64x86, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Morning After" 2004, 30x50, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Welcome To" 2005, 80x55, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

"Candy" 2003, 54x72, oil on linen. © Alyssa Monks
Image Courtesy of Alyssa Monks

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  • friend
    HelenaMichel | 2010-01-30 22:00:55

    exceptional artwork...fantastic attention to detail, brawo !!!

  • friend
    daniel | 2010-02-01 00:04:36

    w o w habra que ir a brooklyn a verla?

  • friend
    Agneta Byers | 2010-02-01 18:31:36

    I love the picture "the race" it looks like the photographer was in the water! //Agneta Sweden

  • friend
    Heather | 2010-02-01 19:21:08

    absolutely stunning!

  • friend
    Efecto O | 2010-02-02 23:23:10

    Really amazing ... this is art!

  • friend
    micah | 2010-02-03 04:46:43

    what a delightful dialogue to characterize these striking paintings!

  • friend
    Vista bay drug Rehab | 2010-03-19 14:08:08

    Wow! Those images are beautiful. They put me in mind of images from Dubai. This would be a wonder of the world.

  • friend
    Saj Crone | 2010-08-24 05:41:02

    I've been shooting a lot of images of trees in water- as in swamps and floods. I've been dreaming of shooting photos of people in water. To see your iimages of people in water- is a large delight for me. They are quite evocative. Thank you!

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    Tara Biglen | 2011-08-06 22:13:13

    Absolutely beautiful... I was showing my husband some of her work, and he refused to believe they were paintings, so I showed him this article to prove it. Thanks for all the info, I found it very interesting. I hope I get the chance to see these in person one day. Her work is breath-taking.

  • friend
    Helen | 2012-01-25 14:28:05

    Intoxicatingly sublime ......very nicely done...a real master...

  • friend
    Gs Robinson | 2013-12-14 17:58:37

    Oh my god! these are amazing! unbelievable they are oil painting, so life like! what an amazing artist.

  • friend
    Jonalyn Eud | 2014-05-16 09:30:56

    I wanted to applaud how Alyssa Monks' paintings are being described in this article. The article really gives justice to Monks' works. I agree with all the compliments with her works.

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