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Born in 1974, Monica Cook graduated Summa Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design in 1996, where she studied painting; she is also trained in art therapy.
Her paintings have been described as "uncomfortably beautiful". Her photo realistic portraits of very personal, licentious scenes take your breath away and leave you wondering "what the hell is going on?" In her series "Seeded and Soiled" women are shown reveling in food and as well as each other. Monica explains the process of creating her paintings; "I begin with a photo documented, private performance. I start with a vague idea, while interacting with the chosen objects during the performance the idea develops. I picked food for the paintings because it closely resembles flesh, an extension of the flesh. In the midst of these explorations I try to make these ordinary substances or objects new to me, foreign to me, to reinvent them. That experience is what I try to translate through these paintings and drawings." For this series, Monica chose octopus, watermelon, pomegranites & fish. The choice of food certainly adds to these amazing scenes. undefined