American traditional painter Alyssa Monks' oil paintings are on one hand abstract as we view her wet bodies and faces through the abstraction of glass and water and hyper real on the other. She captures very personal moments in intimate spaces that allows the viewer to share this captured moment in time in an almost voyeuristic manner.
"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." ~ Alyssa Monks.
PS. my apologies for the delay in posting recently, I have been flat out at work... meh!!