“I need to paint your ear on your ear”: Artist Alexa Meade’s TED Talk

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"...you can find the strange in the familiar. As long as you're willing to look beyond what's already been brought to light, that you can see what's below the surface, hiding in the shadow, and recognize that, there can be more there than meets the eye." - Alexa Meade

Artist Alexa Meade paints portraits, but not in the conventional sense. She forgoes the traditional mode of capture the likeness of her subjects on canvas and instead goes for the unique mode of using her subjects themselves as the canvas.

Says Meade in her recent TED Talk:

“Everything in the scene: the person, the clothes, the chairs, the wall, gets covered in a mask of paint that mimics what’s directly below it. And in this way, I’m able to take a three-dimensional scene, and make it look like a two-dimensional painting.”

In the illuminating video above, Meade details not only how she fell into her particular style, but how she went from a soon-to-be college graduate with a degree in political science, to teaching herself not only how to become an artist, but how to paint, period.

See more of Meade’s work here. 

[Source: TED / Image: AlexaMeade.com]

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