Painter Alyssa Monks. Born in Ridgewood, NJ. Currently working and living in Brooklyn, NY.
“I started painting at 8 years old. My art teacher in school told my mother I had a proclivity towards making art, and suggested I take oil painting classes. I remember falling in love with the smell of the paint. From there every time my mother took me to another kind of activity or class, I insisted on just taking more painting classes.
I paint because I am still fascinated, curious and humbled by the medium and its possibilities as well as the wordless connections and communications that are created by some artworks. I always knew I wanted to be a painter; it became part of my identity very early on.
I have always been drawn to drawing and painting humans, since I was a child.
I think honestly I was trying to create something of an alternate world, and alternate me, an alternate home.
I struggled to make my images of people as real as possible, but also people I wanted to be or be with.
There is still that element in my work, except it is more of a means of expression and communication now rather than escape. Or maybe all of those things.[/column]
[column col=”1/2″]Water found its way into my paintings quite organically over the last 7 years or so.
I always thought it was impossible to paint, the hardest thing, the most intimidating. I am fascinated with the challenge and how it distorted, filtered, abstracted, and changed the body.
I love the surprises and places that you just can’t believe are happening but you paint it anyway and trust the randomness of it all. It gave me the perfect place to explore more abstraction and freer, loser brush work, more expressive paint strokes and thicker, juicier surfaces.
My dream is to be fully present, connected and even more honest and humbled through the entire process of painting without self-consciousness, judgement or fear of failure. I just want to see what happens. What I would like people to see in my paintings? Themselves.