Washington DC artist Alexa Meade was set on a career path in politics long before she began painting and interned on Capitol Hill for 4 years, until an elective art class changed her life. The professor challenged his students to create a sculpture that felt like a landscape but was not a sculpture of a landscape. This simple query sent Alexa on a mission of creativity and soul searching that would help her find art as her life’s true passion and pioneer her own unique style of using the human body as a canvas. By using abstract patterns and impressionist brushwork on people she effectively transforms them into living paintings in a truly surreal juxtaposition of art and life.
Alexa describes her process and how it helped her to change career paths towards a more fulfilling destiny:
“I decided to see what it would look like if I put black shadows on the human body. And then painting not only shadows but also a full mapping of light in grayscale, highlights, darks, everything coming together in a mask of paint. Just by creating a mask of shadow and light with paint, it completely transformed the space. After I discovered this, I think I just had to leave politics behind and make my job teaching myself how to paint, through the process of inventing this new style of painting.”All images courtesy of Alexa Meade