Summer 2011

Monica Cook

New York, New York

4′ x 4′
oil on canvas

About the artist after the jump…

Featured in the Food issue, #32.

Monica Cook, an artist originally from Dalton, GA, graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996. In 2004, she completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she now lives and works. Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad. Selected exhibitions include “Eat Me!”, Postmasters Gallery, New York, 2011; “YouTube Play Biennial”, Guggenheim, New York, Bilbao, Berlin and Venice, 2010; “Seeded and Soiled”, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2009; and “7th Biennial”, AIR Gallery, New York, 2007 (curated by Connie Butler).

Almost all of Cook’s work explores identity. She writes: “I love to paint flesh, fascinated by how history is trapped in the skin, the stories told in lines etched into faces, bruises and scars from their past. I find myself heightening the details on and in the flesh, which enhances the mortal presence of the sitter and creates a tension between the psychological complexity of the person and their raw humaness.”

For more of Cook’s work, visit her website.