Alexa Meade (1986-); A pintura como ilusão
Misto entre pintura, instalação e performance, a obra da artista norte-americana Alexa Meade, transporta-nos para terrenos incertos no que respeita às convenções estabelecidas sobre aquilo que supostamente define e separa as várias “disciplinas” da arte. O verdadeiro resultado, se é que se pode assim dizer, apenas é acessível a quem observa presencialmente as obras, uma vez que quando observamos reproduções das mesmas, é impossível nos apercebermos da sua tridimensionalidade e muito menos, do facto de que estão “vivas”.
“Growing up in Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to work as a press intern on Capitol Hill throughout high school and college. Later, I worked as a press staffer on the Obama Campaign. Spending my formative years immersed in the world of politicians and PR led to a fascination with the possibilities of repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception. What the audience ultimately unpackaged was a personal interpretation of an already mediated re-presentation.”
“In my current work, I construct and then photograph ephemeral installation sets that feature an assemblage of found objects and live models, which I have covered in layers of acrylic paint. I paint the surfaces of the human subjects, the material objects, and the architecture of the installations so as to collapse the subject, foreground, and background into one continuous plane. I present my ephemeral portrait/performances as both live, interactive installations as well as permanent photographic indices of these experiences.”
“By using paint as a mask that mimics the surface attributes of my source materials, I repurpose the common codes of painting and create a reciprocal self-referentiality in which the reference envelops its referent. The time-based portrait/performance installation is mediated through still photography, providing a record of the performative act in which the codes for representation/painting and indexicality/photography converge.”
O site da artista em: http://www.alexameade.com/index.html