Melissa Cooke, ‘Plunge: Night Look’, 2012, Koplin Del Rio
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Melissa Cooke

Plunge: Night Look, 2012

Graphite on paper
38 1/2 × 38 1/2 in
97.8 × 97.8 cm
$4,000
Location
Seattle, Los Angeles
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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Melissa Cooke
American, b. 1982
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In Melissa Cooke’s photorealistic compositions, photography, performance, and drawing converge. She uses photographs of her performances as departure points for sedulously composed drawings, applying thin layers of graphite onto paper using a dry brush. This allows her to create a uniform and luminescent surface without pencil marks of any kind. Her series “Surfaced” (2012) best exemplifies her approach: “I take photographs as I paint and pour liquids onto myself, using my face as a canvas,” she explains. “The photo shoot references the practice of drawing and painting; then the final graphite drawing references photography. The boundaries between the mediums are broken down and the processes are interwoven.”

Melissa Cooke, ‘Plunge: Night Look’, 2012, Koplin Del Rio
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About the work
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Melissa Cooke
American, b. 1982
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In Melissa Cooke’s photorealistic compositions, photography, performance, and drawing converge. She uses photographs of her performances as departure points for sedulously composed drawings, applying thin layers of graphite onto paper using a dry brush. This allows her to create a uniform and luminescent surface without pencil marks of any kind. Her series “Surfaced” (2012) best exemplifies her approach: “I take photographs as I paint and pour liquids onto myself, using my face as a canvas,” she explains. “The photo shoot references the practice of drawing and painting; then the final graphite drawing references photography. The boundaries between the mediums are broken down and the processes are interwoven.”

Melissa Cooke

Plunge: Night Look, 2012

Graphite on paper
38 1/2 × 38 1/2 in
97.8 × 97.8 cm
$4,000
Location
Seattle, Los Angeles
Have a question? Visit our help center.
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