Sunday Watch – Alexa Meade: “Your body is my canvas”


“Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it—literally. She covers everything in a scene—people, chairs, food, you name it—in a mask of paint that mimics what’s below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk” – TED

Works of art, like a brief novel, can definitely narrate stories or simply express an aesthetic feeling. Alexa Meade is a talented artist who creates plenty of extraordinary stories in a remarkable way. She is a traditional shape painter, but she works on an unusual canvas: the actual human body, or even real objects. For instance, this brilliant artist paints directly on her subjects such as the people, models, as well as background around them, and then she turns real life people into seemingly 2D incredible works of art. Accordingly, she found a way to define her own unique style of painting through an extremely innovative technique.

Transit – 2009
Egg on Egg

The fascinating artwork titled “Egg on Egg” is a piece in her Still Life artwork collection, which comprises ephemeral paintings on top of food. This work is created in 2009 by using a real breakfast dish as a canvas. The same as other artworks, Meade uses a brush and her own mixture of nontoxic paints and indefinite ingredients to produce her paintings. She combines a classical concept of photography and her creativity to make a three-dimensional representation look like tow-dimensional representation. Her purpose is to convert the original art into something totally different, to make her living models into flat images. Her works make us confuse about our sense of space, which allows the subject to be completely collapse folded in the pictures of her illustrations. That is to say, Alexa Meade absolutely owns a spatial intelligence.

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