By Alexa Meade: My work features painted portraits of people and objects, with a twist. Rather than painting on a canvas, I paint directly onto the subjects themselves. This creates the effect of making 3D installations appear to be flat paintings. From my background in politics, I’ve learned that what you encounter always has some kind of spin on it, and that we can’t always believe what we see.
My model Timmy and I loved watching how people reacted to the living art wandering about on the metro.
Bernie was the third person I experimented on. When he agreed to have his portrait painted, he thought I meant on canvas. He didn’t understand what he was getting himself into until I put my first dab of paint on his body.
I painted Jaimie on her lunch break. She returned back to work several hours late and as a painting.
For Egg on Egg, I cooked breakfast and painted it. Somehow I managed to paint the egg without breaking the yolk. It was hard to make the paint stick to something so greasy. The toast was like a giant sponge. There’s probably a whole tube of paint in there.
My sister Julie fell asleep while I painted her.