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Alexa Meade
Body Art

Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles-based artist who is known for her portraits painted on the human body, making people into seemingly 2-D works of art. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and received critical acclaim from CNN, Wired, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and more. She has lectured at the California Institute of the Arts, UC-Berkeley, Apple, Adobe, and National Geographic London. Her TED Global talk "Your Body is my Canvas," has been viewed over 2 million times.

She had a simple idea to put black paint over natural shadows, which evolved into something much larger. By painting the mapping of light directly on top of a 3D space, Alexa was able to create the illusion that the world was a 2D painting. Alexa Meade paints directly onto live models who appeared to be living in two-dimensional paintings.

Alexa travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits.

View her arts at her website:

www.alexameade.com/


art_alexa_tableau 2015 - Alexa Meade encourages her audiences to participate as documentarians and sometimes, even insert themselves in her works. For her installation at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C., visitors watched, posed through frames within the tableau, snapped pictures and shared on social media platforms. By encouraging sharing, Meade symbolically hands the "magic that the camera adds" to her active viewer.

art_alexa_tableau Handiwork of Alexa Meade at the inaugural participant in Perimeter Institute’s Coalescence Artist-in-Residence program. The eerie blinking eyes belong not to Meade but to her two subjects, Lauren Hayward Sierens and Laurent Freidel, who blend almost seamlessly into the chalky landscape.

Meade has painted the Perimeter physicists from head to toe – clothing, hair and all – with shades of black and grey. The muted colours and smudges almost perfectly match the threedimensional chalkboard that surrounds them: a half cube with two walls and a floor, chalked in calculations over the past week by Perimeter scientists. With a chameleon-like transition, her subjects become part of a living diorama. By painting her subjects “into” their mathematical environment, Meade has created a startling, perception-bending illusion. Her living, breathing, blinking subjects seem to flatten from threedimensional people into two-dimensional portraits. By painting her subjects “into” their mathematical environment, Meade has created a startling, perception-bending illusion. Her living, breathing, blinking subjects seem to flatten from threedimensional people into two-dimensional portraits. "I love artwork that totally plays with your sense of dimensionality and perception," says Meade, who has exhibited work in galleries around the world.
Full report (by Colin Hunter) at:
www.perimeterinstitute.ca/living-chalkboard
(Institute for Theoretical Physiscs)



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Above: (April 2016) Alexa Meade helped in transforming a surprise marriage proposal into an incredible two-dimensional, moving portrait - all captured on video. The touching moment and work of art came together after Dan Levine asked his friend and artist Alexa Meade to help him pop the question to his girlfriend of nearly seven years last week. He convinced his girlfriend, Cristina Cordova, to do a photo shoot "for fun" with him and the artist, only telling Meade and her assistant he was planning to propose (The Huffington Post).

art_johannes_page_pineaple Artist Alexa Meade’s technique involves painting directly onto the physical subjects that she is referencing, rather than using a canvas. Once the paintings are complete, she then photographs both the subject she had painted onto and the background.




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All artwork reproduced with permission from Alexa Meade


REFERENCES
http://www.alexameade.com
https://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/living-chalkboard
https://www.exploratorium.edu/blogs/spectrum/paintings-alexa-meade
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2016/jul/05/body-painting-festival