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Photographs that Look Like Expressionistic Paintings By Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand

There is no doubt: the work of Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand are painterly.  Indeed, the compositions nearly look like expressionist or post-impressionist paintings.  In reality, however, they are photographs.  Vand is painted in thick layers of acrylic paint.  Instead of a canvas, she is immersed in and surrounded by milk.  Pigment smears and swirls around her body as Meade photographs the living painting.  In this way, the photographs are nearly a documentation of a performance.  Yet, the paint's interaction with Vand's body and pool of milk creates a strange two-dimensional effect that makes each photograph seem even more painting-like. See more from the series after the jump.

There is no doubt: the work of Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand are painterly.  Indeed, the compositions nearly look like expressionist or post-impressionist paintings.  In reality, however, they are photographs.  Vand is painted in thick layers of acrylic paint.  Instead of a canvas, she is immersed in and surrounded by milk.  Pigment smears and swirls around her body as Meade photographs the living painting.  In this way, the photographs are nearly a documentation of a performance.  Yet, the paint’s interaction with Vand’s body and pool of milk creates a strange two-dimensional effect which makes each photograph seem even more painting-like.

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