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ALYSSA MONKS: It's All Under Control

November 11, 2021 - January 22, 2022

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"At times, the recent global and national devastation, division, and so many disappointments felt like a surreal projection of my own mental states in the isolation of the last 18 months. I began to explore the human reliance on control and predictability, and how our deepest suffering comes from our attachment to security, virtue, identity, and the logic of cause and effect."

- Alyssa Monks

“Monks’ terrified, isolated woman, her mouth wide open in a scream in ‘Watch The Only Way Out Disappear,’ is more than a match for the terrified, isolated man in Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream,’ 1893, and more able to hold her own against death, for she does not shrink from it, as Munch’s dehumanized ghost, not to say haunted shadow, of a man does.  If ‘gross environmental failure can result in a loss of the individual’s capacity for maintaining integration,’ as the psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott wrote, then Monks retains her integrity despite the gross environmental failure that is the pandemic, however much she fears it, however much it forces her back on herself—and she is always recognizably herself.”

- Donald Kuspit, Whitehot Magazine, December 2021

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This is Not What You Wanted, 2021

This is Not What You Wanted, 2021
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

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No Going Back, 2021

No Going Back, 2021
oil on linen
41 x 41 inches

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It's All Under Control, 2021

It's All Under Control, 2021
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

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Unnarrated Perception, 2021

Unnarrated Perception, 2021
oil on linen
19 x 19 inches

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Please, No., 2021

Please, No., 2021
oil on linen
22 x 30 inches

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Dissociate, 2021 oil on linen

Dissociate, 2021
oil on linen
30 x 30 inches

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I am U, 2021

I am U, 2021
oil on linen
59 x 41 inches

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Much Stronger Than You Think, 2021

Much Stronger Than You Think, 2021
oil on linen
22 x 32 inches

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Goodbye, 2021 oil on linen

Goodbye, 2021
oil on linen
24 x 34 inches

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Watch The Only Way Out Disappear, 2021

Watch The Only Way Out Disappear, 2021
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

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Truce, 2021 oil on panel

Truce, 2021
oil on panel
12 x 18 inches

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I Accept, 2021

I Accept, 2021
oil on linen
68 x 47 inches

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We Never See It Coming, 2021

We Never See It Coming, 2021
oil on panel
12 x 18 inches

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Be Perfectly Still, 2021

Be Perfectly Still, 2021
oil on linen
47 x 33 inches

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The Shadow Self, 2021

The Shadow Self, 2021
oil on linen
50 x 34 inches

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Selective Perception, 2021

Selective Perception, 2021
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

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This is Not What You Wanted, 2021

This is Not What You Wanted, 2021
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

SOLD

No Going Back, 2021

No Going Back, 2021
oil on linen
41 x 41 inches

SOLD

It's All Under Control, 2021

It's All Under Control, 2021
oil on linen
62 x 90 inches

Unnarrated Perception, 2021

Unnarrated Perception, 2021
oil on linen
19 x 19 inches

SOLD

Please, No., 2021

Please, No., 2021
oil on linen
22 x 30 inches

Dissociate, 2021 oil on linen

Dissociate, 2021
oil on linen
30 x 30 inches

SOLD

I am U, 2021

I am U, 2021
oil on linen
59 x 41 inches

Much Stronger Than You Think, 2021

Much Stronger Than You Think, 2021
oil on linen
22 x 32 inches

SOLD

Goodbye, 2021 oil on linen

Goodbye, 2021
oil on linen
24 x 34 inches

Watch The Only Way Out Disappear, 2021

Watch The Only Way Out Disappear, 2021
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

SOLD

Truce, 2021 oil on panel

Truce, 2021
oil on panel
12 x 18 inches

I Accept, 2021

I Accept, 2021
oil on linen
68 x 47 inches

We Never See It Coming, 2021

We Never See It Coming, 2021
oil on panel
12 x 18 inches

SOLD

Be Perfectly Still, 2021

Be Perfectly Still, 2021
oil on linen
47 x 33 inches

The Shadow Self, 2021

The Shadow Self, 2021
oil on linen
50 x 34 inches

Selective Perception, 2021

Selective Perception, 2021
oil on linen
54 x 54 inches

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Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

Alyssa Monks: It's All Under Control, Forum Gallery, New York, NY. November 11, 2021 - January 8, 2022

"The glass barrier in these paintings between subject and viewer is clouded with vapor that obscures and abstracts the subject.  This barrier underlines the personal and community-wide preoccupation with virus-laden respiratory droplets and the isolation it creates.  Some works are more ambiguous than others, amplifying the state of disorientation in the face of terrifying unfamiliarity.  Each piece has its own, often-layered, strategy, voice and urgent plea."

- Alyssa Monks

"One of the most painful truths in life is that there are difficult events and circumstances that we cannot control or influence. Perhaps in accepting our limitations, and the often life-altering grief that goes along with them, we can find a greater authenticity of being, a sense of empathy, and an understanding that we are not quite so isolated after all. The paintings in this series paradoxically reveal our shared human experience as they describe private moments of distress."

- Alyssa Monks

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Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine review
Blue Review article by Lauren Amalia Redding
Whitehot Magazine review by Donald Kuspit
Alyssa Monks CV
ALYSSA MONKS: It's All Under Control 2021 press release