My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.
For this reason highly intentional photography has become an important part of documenting my work. I collaborate closely with photographers to make sure I share the same perspective eye as the technology.
Likewise, I work with my human canvases on poses, creating new opportunities for line & form. My work is sometimes experienced live as an installation, for example, at museums, or preserved through photographs as limited edition fine art prints.
I love the double-take people do as they look at my work. It’s this reaction that ignited my recent human motorcycle project to go internationally viral in the media.
I apprenticed under world renown bodypainter Craig Tracy at his gallery in New Orleans. I have a B.A. in film & worked in the art department in Hollywood on major films & tv shows before finding my current medium.
First Place- Installation Art Award, World Bodypaint Festival 2014
Addy’s- Several First Place Awards “Human Motorcycle Project” 2013
Visual Artist of the Year- Raw San Jose 2012
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
We do deliver commercial and fine art bodypaint projects and events.
Bodypainted Performance artists (circus, dance & more)
We are comprised of 50-75 bodypainters, models, performers (including circus), muas, hairstylists, art dept, photographers and videographers.
San Jose Museum of Art
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“Surreal… masterful marvel” -Daily Mail.
“Trina Merry’s amazing work blurs the lines of reality” -Huffington Post.