While most artists try to use paint to create the illusion of three dimensional images, Alexa Meade uses paint on three dimensional people to make them look like 2D paintings. She body paints her subjects to look like paintings with loose strokes.
According to her website,
Alexa Meade is a 25-year-old artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation.
Rather than creating representational paintings on a flat canvas, Alexa Meade creates her representational paintings directly on top of the physical subjects that she is referencing. When photographed, the representational painting and the subject being referenced appear to be one and the same as the 3D space of her painted scenes becomes optically compressed into a 2D plane.
She also has a slightly longer artist’s statement available online, and a bio of her features and accomplishments.
Be sure to check out her website and portfolio. I’m going to feature a few of her images here, to give you a taste. To see her most recent creations, follow her Flickr page.