Alexa Meade is an American artist. While Meade has worked in a variety of sculptural media, she is known for her installations, which feature real models situated in tableau scenes painted to look like two-dimensional paintings.
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. When photographed, the representational painting and the subject being referenced appear to be one and the same as the 3D space of her painted scenes becomes optically compressed into a 2D plane.
Alexa 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. She presents her ephemeral portrait/performances as both live, interactive installations as well as permanent photographic indices of these experiences.