Brooklyn-based artist Alyssa Monks is a figurative painter, blurring the line between abstraction and realism. “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. When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself, I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet - if both can coexist in the same moment.” Monks’s paintings have been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in public and private collections.
© All images courtesy of the artist
Another one for the bingo! Unfortunately, they can’t all be so large scale as the Oath, but I really enjoyed stitching this.
This is ‘Let the ships burn!’, translated to Quenya by almare. This was one of my favourite moments from the Silmarillion, as well as (imo) a really iconic one. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stitch it!
I was trying out for a flame effect with the border, and I think that I managed to achieve it quite well. The colours used were DMC 310, DMC 4124 (Bonfire) and 4128 (Gold Coast).
Originally this was going to be for Fëanor’s square on the Fëanorian bingo card (B), but since he’s my favourite character I’ll probably do something bigger for him. So this is for the free space!
La caverne aux livres is a secondhand bookshop in Auvers-sur-Oise (30km to the North of Paris). The entrance of the bookshop is an ancient railway hangar, but from there you’ll quickly find yourself in an old postal train whose cars have been reconverted into giant bookshelves.
Text and photographs by Alexandre Duret-Lutz