You Know Me Better Than I Know Myself by Melissa Cooke

Crowd Pleaser (Self Portrait with Mustache), graphite on paper, 38 " x 50 "

Crowd Pleaser (Self Portrait with Mustache), graphite on paper, 38 " x 50 "


The Weasel, graphite on paper, 50 " x 38 "

The Weasel, graphite on paper, 50 " x 38 "


AUTHOR:

Melissa Cooke

YEAR:

2009-2010

PHOTOGRAPHS:

image © Melissa Cooke

SOURCE:

Melissa Cooke

NOTE:

This series explores the latent darkness and sexuality inside all of us. I employ props, costumes and theatrics in order to provoke the dormant aspects of my identity. I indulge in typecasts of the artist; as I draw and explore these characters, I am able to internalize the expectations put forth by popular culture.

I desire to understand the interplay of repressed weaknesses, shortcomings, and instincts within relationships. The drawings are inspired by emotionally charged memory flashes that have impinged upon my outlook on relationships. The drawing process first serves as a cathartic experience, allowing me to reevaluate the effects of these events. Soon thereafter, the rehashing merely exaggerates emotions, making the echo of the incident more haunting. Reality is increasingly skewed by imagination; fiction becomes truth.

from: Melissa Cooke