Monica Cook paints with an eerie intensity. She used to paint exclusively solitary female figures in neutral fields, but more recently she has included additional figures, resulting in richer tableaux. She works with ink on Mylar and oil paint on canvas.
"Under the category of "I don't want to like it, but I do" defiantly stand Monica Cooks paintings. Messy, dirty, challenging... just like life. Her ability to show a "darker" side of what we experience as humans, our frailty, our misgivings and the outcomes of our decisions are all blatantly spelled out for all to see. For Monica, it's not about the "spotlight moments," no, it's about the moments we would rather not let our friends, our lovers, ourselves to see. Yet, there they are. She's a great "technical" painter but that most assuredly is noticed only after we have been confronted by the emotional impact of her work... not that there's anything wrong with that!"