pure innovation

in a world where everything is saturated with concepts and ideas that have been altered just enough to seem fresh and new... pure innovation is astounding to me! i knew i had stumbled upon exactly that, when i came across 23 year old artist ALEXA MEADE, while reading nylon magazine a few days ago. here is a little about her brilliance...

"Alexa Meade has innovated a Trompe-L’Oeil painting technique that can perceptually compress three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional plane. Her work is a fusion of installation, painting, performance, photography, and video art.

Rather than painting a representational picture on a flat canvas, Meade paints her representational image directly on top of her three-dimensional subjects. The subject and its representation become one and the same. Essentially, her art imitates life on top of life.

Meade’s approach to portraiture questions our understanding of the body and identity. Meade coats her models with a mask of paint, obscuring the body while intimately exposing it, creating an unflinchingly raw account of the person. The painted second skin perceptually dissolves the body into a 2D caricature. The subjects become art objects as they are transformed into re-interpretations of themselves. In turn, the models’ identities become altered by their new skin, embodying Meade’s dictated definition of their image to the viewer.

Meade’s project plays on the tensions between being and permanence. The physical painting exists only for mere hours and is obliterated when the model sheds its metaphorical skin. What endures is an artifact of the performance, a 2D photograph extracted from the 3D scene. The photographic presentations create a tension between the smoothness of the physical photographs and the tactility of the painted installations captured within them, blurring the lines between what is depicted and depiction itself." - via alexameade.com 

it is completely inspiring to know that there is still space in this creative world for something new! let that be food for thought... xoxo nikki

ps: check out alexa meade's website to view her portfolio + flickr page, as well as, juxtapoz magazine for an online interview with the artist herself.

dig this!
joni mitchell


Yngvild said...

Wow, this was really inspiring! Such a brilliant idea!

jerry waese said...

cool beans

elin und eden said...

oh gosh thats so fantastic!