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Alexa Meade’s Living Paintings

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 18, 2018

Artist Alexa Meade paints right on the bodies and clothes of living models to create the illusion that they’re in 2D paintings. It’s not body art…it’s like living trompe-l’œil in reverse.

Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade

Yeah, those are all actual people painted and posed in front of painted backdrops. Here’s Meade posing with one of her models:

Alexa Meade

Meade did a TED talk about her work and also recently collaborated with Ariana Grande for her God is a woman video.

I first featured Meade’s work more than 8 years ago, so I figured it was time for a revisit. You can keep up with her stuff on Instagram or her website.

More living still lifes from Alexa Meade

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 01, 2012

Just got a note from Alexa Meade, whose work I featured on kottke.org two years ago. Since then, she’s been around the world working on her art; she’ll soon be in DC for an event at the National Portrait Gallery. I thought it would be fun to circle back and look at some of her work from the past two years.

Alexa Meade 01

Alexa Meade 02

Keep in mind that these are photographs of real people painted to look like paintings. In some ways, it’s more like sculpture than painting. This is Meade standing next to one of her subjects/objects:

Alexa Meade 03

You can see more of her work on her site or at Flickr.

Living still lifes

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 10, 2010

Remember the painting or reality post from a couple of weeks ago? Alexa Meade’s living still lifes are like that except better.

Alexa Meade

Here’s one of her works in progress. (thx, chris)