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Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand have created "Milk: what will you make of me?" as an exploration of the fluidity of form and the depth of perception.

MILK: what will you make of me?

Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand have collaborated on a body of work that explores the fluidity of form in relation to time and space. By stripping the subject of depth and dimension, a displacement of identity ensues, demonstrating the power of context over content.

Meade's signature style of painting portraits on the body is submerged in a canvas of milk, where Vand's performance is dictated by the opposing forces of fixed shadows and fluid space. Together, the artists compose an expressive identity for each image, but as the milk interacts with the pre-arranged pose, a new identity is formed that must be constantly re-imagined and re-shaped in the moment. As the paint seeps away into the milk, Vand's performance must continually shift to accommodate its new context and form while Meade's photography must capture the ephemeral moments before they de-materialize. The result is an ever-evolving, time-based portrait that includes every layer of the process within each consecutive frame. Each new visual identity is a product of the versions that came before. 

The surface of the milk intersects Vand's body at an uneven and unusual plane, creating a sense of movement and depth beneath her compressed form. This play on dimensionality in the picture plane evokes an optical illusion that activates the viewer's experience by challenging their common perceptions. The identifiable becomes ineffable, giving the flat photography of the painted three-dimensional space an unsettling tone. By blending the borders between the subject and its surroundings, identity is muted and we're left with the distilled nuances that shape the space.

 

 

 

Artwork

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HESITATE // ACTIVATE // DEVIATE

HESITATE, 2012 160x80 cm, Edition of 3  50x100 cm, Edition of 5  75x37.5 cm, Edition of 7

HESITATE, 2012
160x80 cm, Edition of 3 
50x100 cm, Edition of 5 
75x37.5 cm, Edition of 7

ACTIVATE, 2012 100x100 cm, Edition of 3  75x75 cm, Edition of 5  50x50 cm, Edition of 7

ACTIVATE, 2012
100x100 cm, Edition of 3 
75x75 cm, Edition of 5 
50x50 cm, Edition of 7

DEVIATE, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5  75x50 cm, Edition of 7

DEVIATE, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5 
75x50 cm, Edition of 7

Sight Unseen // Shape Shift

SIGHT, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7  

SIGHT, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7
 

UNSEEN, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7  

UNSEEN, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7
 

 
SHAPE, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7  

SHAPE, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7
 

SHIFT, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7


SHIFT, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7

WHITE OUT

 
WHITE OUT, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

WHITE OUT, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7

 

HEAD TRIP

 
HEAD TRIP, 2012 100x100 cm, Edition of 3  75x75 cm, Edition of 5  50x50 cm, Edition of 7

HEAD TRIP, 2012
100x100 cm, Edition of 3 
75x75 cm, Edition of 5 
50x50 cm, Edition of 7

 

DOLL FACE // WHO, ME?

DOLL FACE, 2012 100x100 cm, Edition of 3  75x75 cm, Edition of 5  50x50 cm, Edition of 7

DOLL FACE, 2012
100x100 cm, Edition of 3 
75x75 cm, Edition of 5 
50x50 cm, Edition of 7

WHO, ME? 40cm x 25cm, Edition of 15

WHO, ME?
40cm x 25cm, Edition of 15

MANGO LASSI

MANGO LASSI, 2012 160x106 cm, Edition of 3 100x66 cm, Edition of 5 75x50 cm, Edition of 7

MANGO LASSI, 2012
160x106 cm, Edition of 3
100x66 cm, Edition of 5
75x50 cm, Edition of 7

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Behind the Scenes

A short film and behind the scenes photography revealing the process of Alexa Meade and Sheila Vand's collaboration.

Video by Shuttereye.com // Music by So Many Wizards

Behind the scenes photography by David Branson

Performance

ALEXA // SHEILA mounted live performances of "MILK: what will you make of me" at Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zurich, Switzerland on August 30 and September 1, 2012.

The monologue below is a collage of original writings and found texts, re-constructed by Sheila to explore the process of transforming from performer to painting and the relationship that is born between the artist and her work. It was composed and performed for the live shows in Zurich at Galerie Ivo Kamm. 

what will you make of me?

the first step in transformation is to erase oneself.
identity is a disease.
and today i prefer to blend in with my canvas.
i am tired.
there's a leak in my rowboat and i'm ready to sink.

the other night, i couldn't bring myself to sleep in the precious heat of the Zurich twilight.
i said a prayer for the poets that came before me and took my notebook into the bathroom light.
i was pleased not to recognize my own face in the mirror.
whoever this girl was,
she had welcoming eyes,
and i felt a great sadness that I couldn't reach out to hold her.
between me and her, 

there was a disturbing divide.
and between me and you, 

there is a disturbing divide.

i am disappearing into that space between us. 

but the first step of transformation is to erase oneself.
identity is a disease.
and today, i prefer to blend in with my canvas.

i can feel myself
inside this second layer of skin.
not me, but a symbol of me.
plasticized by plastic paint.

i trust my eyes, but i cannot feel the air around me.

i'm a vacuum of space,
a blank slate, a wild nothing.

all that you see is a reflection of your own knowledge.
so who am i, according to you?

i am not myself.
i am somebody else standing next to me.
desperate for my own attention, 

demanding to be destroyed.

and you?

what do you see inside that canvas?
staring into your dreams.

lean in close and your subject emerges.
a figure forms,
floating on the picture plane.

who am i, according to you?
and what will you make of me?

a bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. 

turn around to see how far you've come
and sing your song to me.

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