« Over a decade ago I began painting self portraits out of convenience of using myself as a model. Although the paintings are somewhat autobiographical I have rarely considered my “self portraits” a portrait of me. I try to allow the character to evolve on its own and not become trapped by expectations or likeness. » – Monica Cook.
Born in Dalton, Georgia in 1974, Monica Cook moved to Savannah, Georgia to pursue a bachelor’s degree in painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.Since graduating in 1996. Cook recently completed a residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she currently resides, continuing to work as an artist.
Her paintings have been included in numerous solo and juried exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. Selected exhibitions include the King Bridge Biennial at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia (2005), Migration at the Pinnacle Gallery in Savannah, Georgia (2005), and Art Link at Sotheby’s in New York, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv (2000-2003).