Gallery: Stunning images from Alexa Meade that blur the line between paint and photograph

Jake Kuyser:

This is amazing and original art.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Double Take. Alexa's stunning self-portrait. Copyright: Alexa Meade.

“Double Take.” Alexa’s beautiful, half-painted self-portrait. Copyright: Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade doesn’t paint on canvas. No, as she explains in today’s talk, she paints on something very different — human skin.

[ted_talkteaser id=1814]“If I want to paint your portrait, I’m painting it on you — physically on you. That also means you’re probably going to end up with an ear full of paint because I need to paint your ear on your ear,” says Meade in this extremely fun talk, given at TEDGlobal 2013. “The mask of paint mimics what is directly below it. In this way, I am able to take a three-dimensional scene and make it look like a two-dimensional painting.”

In today’s talk, Meade tells us how she went from a political science major (who hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since summer camp) to a working artist with an unusual style that swirls paint and…

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