Alexa Meade’s 3D Artwork Turns Real Life Into Representation
See these paintings above? Well, they’re not actually paintings. They’re photographs. To be more specific, they’re photographs of people covered in paint.
Such is the work of Alexa Meade, a political science undergrad turned basement studio artist. Initially fascinated with the idea of shadows, Meade started painting on top of them, making artwork that would only appear when the light changed to reveal it. Taking that concept even further, she painted one of her friends in greyscale, and when she took a step back, she realized that she had turned him into a 3D painting that appeared two dimensional. And the rest is history.
What I find most intriguing about Meade’s work is that she’s able to take something from the physical world and seemingly transform it into something that’s meant to represent the physical world. Essentially, she’s reversing the process of painting and then some. It takes a moment for the brain to render what the eyes cannot see when you’re looking at her photographs, but once it does, you can truly understand how remarkable her work actually is. Take a look and watch her TED talk. It’s well worth the seven minutes.