Monica Cook is an American artist who’s work features visceral, strange things. I came across her work through a friend recently and was captivated by her sculptures and then pored over her paintings and photography! All of her work is filled with a visceral lush energy that is both captivating and really unnerving.
“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).” (lifted from her facebook)”
The sculpture photos above are from her “Milk Fruit” collection and are some of my favorite pieces of hers. They’re simply fascinating! I highly recommend looking through her whole portfolio if you need some eerie inspiration today.
Since we began offering our Photoshoot Party events I’ve had a lot of inquiries about individual or small group versions of them. Gloomth Girl makeover and a photoshoot in one of our designs (which would be included in the package- made to your size). We already offer custom coordinated ones for groups of 6 but we’re considering offering on-location style packages for smaller groups or even individuals. This would also allow us to do them in places outside of downtown Toronto, as we wouldn’t need to rent studios and bring entire teams! 🙂
These would also make a great option for when you want gorgeous photos in a new outfit to share on social media or to give as a gift.
So as I am rolling this idea around the table I thought it might be good to ask for your feedback on it! If you’d like to weigh in just fill out the quick, anonymous survey below. THANK YOU!
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Easter will soon be upon us! This holiday sure makes stocking up on pastel home accents easy, baby chickens and lambs printed on everything, and discount candy the week after also! Here are 3 Easter bunny themed outfit ideas featuring Gloomth designs, just in case you need some dress up inspiration this season. 🙂
Guro/Bloody Bunny- A super simple look to recreate if your wardrobe tends more towards the darker color spectrum. Hexcelle is wearing our “Doll” dress above paired with layered black and white wrist cuffs, stripey socks, a homemade eyepatch, and lace bunnyears! For makeup we added red eyeshadow and red glitter drips around her eyes, super easy and messy looks great with this style so don’t worry about having to be a makeup professional to pull it off!
Fancy Gothic Bunny- For this look with Sandra Von Ruin we pinned heaps of cheap rhinestone prom jewelry and sparkling clips into her wig, creating a sort of glittering crown. With her makeup we went crazy with gothic style accents- more rhinestones, heaps of purples and blacks, and paled out white skin. Finished with lace bunnyears. We’d love to see this style of makeup/hair paired with our “Alouette” dress for an over the top feel.
Ghostly Spring Bunny- For this look we layered vintage housecoats/peignoirs with a white Gloomth dress (our “Sorrow” in white would look great in this outfit). I made a quick pair of bunnyears filled with retro style fake daisies and tiny white flowers for a spring feel. This style would be awesome worked into a Shironuri style ensemble!
This week has been kind of a bummer for me- they’re doing messy construction on my apartment next week so I have to cover everything in plastic and live in a dust filled disaster zone til that’s done- among many small and weird disappointments. I feel badly complaining about life’s lows because I am so lucky in so many ways. But it doesn’t make the sucky things less sucky, it just makes you feel guilty on top of it all to shove them away in the shadow of your privilege (I think). The only way out of bummer-town is to feel it and keep moving. So I made art!
Weird, colorful, unsettling art! There’s a beautiful Toronto-sanctioned graffiti/art alley near my home and it hasn’t been totally ruined by jerks yet so we used that as a backdrop! Thadea Decora modeled for me for the first time and we had lots of fun creating these shots.
There’s something really electrifying about making art for me, and it does claw me back from the edge of that sunken-ship feeling almost every time. Art reminds me that there’s purpose to what I do, even if I am broke sometimes.
The inspiration for the styling in this series was sort of a decora raver feel. I try to present the Gloomth clothing in different ways to show how it can be coordinated to suit your style- it doesn’t just have to be worn in gothic or lolita ensembles. For the makeup I combined lots of purples with glitter, stick-on stars, and more fake tears (yes, obsessed with those)- and heart shaped cheek blush to add to the clowny feel!
We’re nearly sold out of the print dresses I had ordered stock of last fall (thanks everyone!!). However we have a few of the “Victorian in Mourning” print ones on hand and ready to ship if you’d like one without waiting nearly a month for our supplier to make the fabric (yes, we are working on that with them, oy….).
In an effort to improve my photography I’ve been shooting almost every week lately, it’s a ton of work but I really want to push my work further so please pass the coffee! Last week I met up with the gorgeous Karen to shoot in front of one of my favorite places in Toronto- the Necropolis cemetery/chapel. I personally don’t feel very comfortable taking commercial photos in a cemetery (I’m not religious but I don’t want to disrespect anyone for whom these spaces are sacred)- though I know Goth has a long history of draping ourselves over random graves, and I’ve even broken my own rule once- so we didn’t do that, but out front of the gorgeous 1800’s chapel was fair game.
This cemetery was founded in 1850 and some of Toronto/Canada’s prominent figures have been buried there over the years. It’s a truly beautiful space and the chapel itself is decked out in full gothic style- a rare sight in relatively young Toronto.
Karen wore our “Hymn” dress which was the perfect match for the beautiful chapel grounds!
Karen braves some chilly windy weather for these beautiful shots! We were cheerily shooting outdoors by the chapel when a staff member invited us inside of it to take photos. I didn’t want to just show up and start snapping away inside of a church- again my discomfort at using one culture’s religious spaces as a backdrop for commercial photos- but it was sure nice to be invited in. The chapel itself is stunning (though pretty dark inside) and we did take quite a few photos while we warmed up.
I’m really pleased with these photos and I can’t wait to work on more shoots! Thank you so much for braving the weather Karen and to the unnamed staff member at the Necropolis who invited us to shoot inside. 🙂
We’re trying to clear out our samples closet to make room for new collection designs this year (and get money together to pay for those new collections- eep)! I’ll be listing lots of discontinued and one off designs on etsy during this week at huge discounts.