Monday, November 14, 2011

Alexa Meade- Contemporary artist working with identity.

Alexa Meade
I came across Meade's work when looking through a magazine and found it very striking. At first glance I thought her work was a typical oil on canvas portrait. But, as I continued to read the article I became astounded when I learned that she paints directly on her subjects, and then photographs them!
Meade's approach to portraiture questions our understanding of the body and identity. The painted skin perceptually dissolves the body into a 2D caricature. Her subjects become art objects as they are transformed into reinterpretations of themselves. The model's identities become altered by their new skin.

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