The Melissa Cooke 'Vacuum' series depicts exactly what parents and teachers have always warned not to do: putting your head inside a plastic bag. This shocking collection of large-scale graphite sketches invokes terror in the viewer, instilled by that childhood fear of suffocating.
With clear bags tied tightly at the subjects' throats, it is surprising to see the differences in facial expressions. While some in the Melissa Cooke 'Vacuum' series are clearly panicked, some look eerily serene.
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