Alexa Meade paints directly on the surfaces of models and objects to create 2D paintings from 3D objects.
Alexa Meade, a North American artist currently based in Los Angeles, has been using the human body as her canvas since 2009. After months experimenting and searching for an effective method, she developed her now internationally known technique.
Meade paints directly on the surface of live models and objects, literally painting over the skin of the people she portrays and the materials of the objects that construct the scene. What is most fascinating and impressive is that she manages to invert the perception of space and shape by taking real world three-dimensional depth and collapsing its visual perception into a two-dimensional image.
As the artist explains, "the models are transformed into manifestations of the artist's interpretation of their essence. When they are captured in the photograph, the people found underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of their being."
The model literally becomes part of the painting, hidden under skilfully placed layers and strokes of paint that Meade applies with the intention of creating works that resemble expressionist paintings. Bright colours, blunt and swift brush strokes and pictorial compositions all come together to create what could be seen as a reverse trompe l’oeil.
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