Painted Reality

Alexa Meade is a talented artist from Los Angeles who has baffled the world with her painted figures which appear to be 2 Dimensional Paintings. She gave up a life in polotics and instead chose to explore her creative side. Her rise in fame has seen her work exhibited in New York, Londin, Switzerland and Germany and some of her images are also being used to illustrate manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou.

Alexa describes her process of painting as follows, “Instead of painting a portrait on canvas, I will paint my portrait directly on top of the subject being referenced. I cover the skin and clothes of my models in a mask of nontoxic acrylic paint that mimics the colors and contours of the underlying surfaces, and then photograph them. This painting technique I innovated optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane.”

I particularly appreciated her philosophy behind her unique style of work, “I paint directly on people because I am interested in exploring the tensions between being and permanence. I like the idea of creating something that will be destroyed immediately upon completion. Once the performance is resolved, the model rips off the acrylic mask and all that endures of my ephemeral painting is a photographic print documenting the time-based event.”

Alexa prefers to paint on perfect strangers as she enjoys discovering things about them as her paintbrush outlines their features and gives colour and detail to the personality she imagines for them.

Check out this TED Talks video of Alexa:

 

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