Well, it is kind of a painting but then it’s not – not in a conventional way, anyway. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But Alexa Meade – an Washington, DC based installation artist – does it the other way around. She applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting! So what you see here is an actual living and breathing human being. If you want to know how that works take a look behind the scenes for more of her art and a making-of video.
To quote mymodernmet.com which had a piece on Alexa Meade early last year: “Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.”
The artist was also quoted on mymodernmet.com saying “I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist’s interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves.”
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