Melissa Cooke Benson

Melissa Cooke Benson

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - December 11, 2020
Alice R. Rogers Gallery & Target Gallery, SJU

Pieces of Me

Melissa Cooke Benson creates large scale powdered graphite drawings. Her work investigates the relationship between photography, performance and drawing in portraiture. Cooke Benson's drawings are made by dusting thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush.  The softness of the graphite provides a smooth surface that can be augmented by erasing in details and textures.  No pencils are used in the work, allowing the surface to glow without the shine of heavy pencil marks.  Illusion dissolves into brush work and the honesty of the material.

More of Melissa Cooke Benson's work can be found at her website:

Melissa Cooke Benson Academic Guide