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A Living Likeness

Posted in ART, ART DISCOVERED AND UNCOVERED with tags , , , on August 22, 2010 by echostains

 

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
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