Photograph or painting.
There is a paintbrush besides the camera, a light meter next to the colour palette. A quick glance at the artist’s utensils does not quite reveal whether we are about to witness the creation of a photograph or painting. The answer is: both. US-American artist Alexa Meade does not paint on canvas, but prefers to apply thick slabs of paint straight onto people or objects. With coarse, deft strokes, Meade covers and changes the clothes and facial features of her model until, bit by bit, her three-dimensional template becomes a two-dimensional picture. As the pigment only stays in place for a few hours, the artist preserves her work through photography. The resulting images tease our eyes with an optical illusion that confounds and delights in equal measures: No longer is it clear or discernible if the result is a true painting – or simply something or someone covered in paint.