[Pics/Vid] F^@%ing Incredible Body Paint Photography (WOW!)

You will need to watch the video to believe these shots are of real people, rather than painted images. Alexa Meade completely warps reality by weakening the boundaries between our 3D world and that of a 2D painting. The 25-year-old artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation has this to say about her work.

"In my current work, I construct and then photograph ephemeral installation sets that feature an assemblage of found objects and live models, which I have covered in layers of acrylic paint. I paint the surfaces of the human subjects, the material objects, and the architecture of the installations so as to collapse the subject, foreground, and background into one continuous plane. I present my ephemeral portrait/performances as both live, interactive installations as well as permanent photographic indices of these experiences.

By using paint as a mask that mimics the surface attributes of my source materials, I repurpose the common codes of painting and create a reciprocal self-referentiality in which the reference envelops its referent. The time-based portrait/performance installation is mediated through still photography, providing a record of the performative act in which the codes for representation/painting and indexicality/photography converge."
-Alexa Meade-

via [WallToWatch]
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Wow that's impressive! I've seen this done in my area, but nothing on this level. Very inspiring. Too bad I can't paint very well. LOL. 

WOW... took me a second to understand what I was looking at.... This is incredible.

That is pretty amazing, looking through the list you start to wonder if you're really looking at pictures or just paintings

Amazing! I fell in love with this technique... 

Hey Alexa, your work is totally mind blowing awesome! If you need another person to paint in that fashion, I'd be happy to volunteer.

Who did the music for that clip? Almost has a 70s-ish vibe to it.

wow... so amazing! always so nice to see some new + fresh ideas!

i wonder how many pairs of pants she goes through! haha

Very cool. I found another one of her video's showing how she did the blue man shot above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnZks0BCCiw&feature=player_embedded