Nude human bodies seem to melt into their surroundings, expertly hand-painted to match their environments in an artistic form of urban camouflage. Artist Trina Merry dodges traffic, police, pedestrians and inclement weather to capture photographs of her subjects against such backdrops as the Florence skyline, the Washington Monument, the Brooklyn Bridge and Westminster Abbey. Typically working guerrilla-style without the permission of authorities in most cases, Merry selects locations that can make a big visual impact and then paints her models in place. Getting all those angles right is no small challenge — the human body is three-dimensional, after all, and nobody can stand perfectly still for very long. Previous projects have been set in cities around the world, along with natural cliffs and meadows of Ireland and studio shoots. Many scenes are made even more complicated by the use of several models, contorted to create specific shapes. Some incorporate larger objects, like entire cars, as in a commission for Ford. This work has a heartbeat and a breath — it is dynamically alive. The ephemeral nature of body paint forces focus and reflects on the reality of existence, which is an incredible thought that I find myself reflecting on frequently while working.
Experience: Street Art Body Painting
Dodging people, traffic, and even at times, police, NYC bodypainter Trina Merry uses guerrilla tactics to create live painting performances on the street and documents them with photography. Her hyper-real illusions camouflage subjects into their surroundings. Juxtaposing the hard lines of architecture with the soft curves of the body, she explores the historic messages of gender placed on New York infrastructure: for example, the tension between the lines of the bridge with the imperfectly beautiful curves of a woman reaching ambitiously within a masculine structure or identity and voyeurism in the chaotic, neon-tinged streets of New York City. As a multimedia artist, I use human models and body paint to breathe life into landscapes. In urban scenes where the view seems so cold and lifeless, I am able to juxtapose the hard lines of architecture against the softness of human curves to create images that are thought-provoking, provocative and well, magical. The real magic comes from the energy of working with a human model. From the first moment I worked with a live model, I was intrigued by a blank canvas that has a heartbeat. Even though working with humans has its own demands because they sweat and have to take bathroom breaks, I embrace those challenges. It makes me — and the art — stronger.
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By Ekin Karasin For Mailonline. These breathtaking photos show naked models camouflaged perfectly against a backdrop of famous landmarks thanks to some meticulously applied body paint. New York artist Trina Merry, who specialises in bodypainting, lines her subjects up and photographs them so they appear to blend right into the scenery around them, which ranges from rural Normandy to picturesque Istanbul and busy New York. Speaking about the image, Ms Merry said: 'These arches were placed around Europe by Napoleon as cultural symbols of conquest. What are they ways that we are colonizing our neighbour through gentrification in the neighbourhoods of New York?