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Melissa Cooke

Vacuum #8, 2008

Graphite on paper
50 × 38 in
127 × 96.5 cm
$2,500
location
Seattle, Los Angeles
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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.”

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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

Vacuum #8, 2008

Graphite on paper
50 × 38 in
127 × 96.5 cm
$2,500
location
Seattle, Los Angeles
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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