A Living Likeness


acrylic on a flesh canvas

A long time ago I came across camouflage artist  Emma Hack whose work I found innovative and impressive (see my post ‘Discovered and Recovered).  Another post featured camouflage artist Lui Bolin.  This artist played with the idea of invisibility to make political statements  here .   Alexa Meade is different type of artist though – one whose art that I have yet to come across.  She likes to paint  people to look like paintings –  the results, I think are pretty impressive! 

a brush with time

Sometimes the ‘painting’ will sit in front of a painting.  It’s hard to see where the person starts and the painting ends.  The model becomes a living trompe l’oeil (realistic imagery to create an optic illusion).

The work is multi layered, a mixture of painting, video performance and installation and the results spectacular.  I especially like the ones in the gallery setting.  The model is given a new ‘skin’ to wear which she or he  can inhabit for a few hours – here today and gone tomorrow. This plays with our sense of permanence and impermanence and also, I suppose it leads us to question our own mortality and our place on life’s canvas – when we are ourselves the canvas on which life is written on. 

 There are a lot of questions to be asked and addressed – which I think makes for very interesting art which is both visually stunning and mentally challenging.

There’s a lot more of these ‘paintings’  each one more astounding than the other from Alexa Meade’s website here and also from here .   Final image from here

12 thoughts on “A Living Likeness

  1. Yes, there is much happening here. My initial reaction was not a positive one, but that can be a good sign. If I find myself thinking about this over the next few days…then there was more here than met the eye. My first thoughts were about life imitating art which I don’t think is always healthy. Interesting post!

    1. It’s great to have artists that are interesting and work that provokes response. Usually when I go to an exhibition the works that immediately grabs me aren’t always the one which stay with me. I like work you have to think about, that is why I think the concept behind the art is as important. I like to know where art comes from so I can follow the journey and the train of thought. Glad you enjoyed this post Al 🙂

  2. My mind went ten different directions when I saw this. One of them was wondering if this kind of painting could also give some feedback to an artist who paints on a two dimensional surface. I imagine it would help one to understand cross contours better and with the addition of a light source help the artist to discover value differences. Interesting artist and interesting post, Lynda. Thank-you for introducing her to us.

  3. VERY good points and observations Leslie about the cross conturs and the light! I just love the way the way the model is transformed into a flat surface – a trompe l’oeil effect that I still can’t get my head round (literally) Glad you enoyed it – think this artist is very talented indeed:)

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