Alexa Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade - she applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting!

Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Meade and ask her about her thought process. Here is what she said:

"I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist's interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves."

Self Portrait of the Artist

So what's next for Meade? "I am currently experimenting with more video and new media," she says. We can't wait!

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  • I think I'm late to the party, but i just found this & it is absolutely exquisite!! And with all this modern technology I thought the classic disciplines were endangered! Interactive, classic & truly breathtaking! WOW
  • So, uh is Alexa the red haired woman in the last photo? Is she single?
  • Wow I'm glad I was told about this, I'm very tempted to do a large and simple painting of the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival 2011. And paint a willing model in wellies and not much else. The model can assume different poses and also be plastered in Glasto Mud. Wicked.
  • W__O__W__!!!!
  • Incredibly, wonderfully creative. Such a great way to bring stillness to life
  • Extremely Cool
  • Very clever and surreal. It's like the antithesis of photo realism.
  • very great idea.
  • more like a brilliant gal!
  • I can't believe my eyes. The artist is a brilliant guy. I think it will be more amusing when people mistake the model for a real painted sculpture.
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