February 16th, 2011
Melissa Cooke, Too Much But Never Enough, 2011(?), graphite on paper
Love the cellophane / jelly / liquid filming. Heightening the emotion expressed by concealing & confusing parts of the subject’s face. The smoke-swirl-ripple near her mouth. The ripple lines down her forehead, paralleling the middle-of-the-brow concentration line. The cluster of sheen on the top left. Executed another way, this could look like drowning, a yielding. But here it all feels to me like a focused gathering of difficult emotion for some kind of explosive burst from chrysalis.
More of of Cooke’s art over at melissacookeart.com.
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