Of course I wasn’t yet posing for the “real” portrait yet when this shot was taken: I was yapping away while Jasmine took some sample shots. But I liked this one best – even though I was hell-bent on creating a strict profile portrait in the Renaissance vein. I was surprised at how my background as an English PhD came through, and it was hilarious to see that my proclivity for tongue in cheek horror and my high school obsession with Led Zepplin registered as well. So much of what makes me feel like who I am is the culture that I greedily consume, and this portrait certainly reflects that.
So often as women we’re defined by such superficialities — how we look, how we dress. It was so refreshing to be able to strip away the physicalities and define myself on my own terms, by my interests and passions. This experiment and — in a larger sense — social media itself creates this new wonderful lens through which we can project ourselves onto the world. I can love French cooking and Jane Austen novels and still be down with 90s Hip Hop and Andre Ethier. In what other realm of life is that possible?
New York-based Artist, Michael Mapes takes portraits, dissects them and then places them into specimen boxes, creating this curiously scientific approach to beauty & preservation. You can see this one and others like it at his virtual lab at room62.com.
Artist: Alexa Meade. Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting. Impressionistic realities forming the surreal. Alexa Meade is a 25-year-old artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation. Rather than creating representational paintings on a flat canvas, Alexa Meade creates her representational paintings directly on top of the physical subjects that she is referencing.