When Trina Merry was struck by lightning in Hollywood, it altered the course of her life. Suffering from painful sensitivities to electricity, she escaped to the sheltering forest of Yosemite National Park to get away from power lines. She spent a year painting by a little stream where she made friends with the local deer.
It was during this time that she had a few glasses of absinthe with Amanda Palmer (the Dresden Dolls, TED Talks). Palmer encouraged Trina to stand onstage in her underwear with art rock band “The Red Paintings” and get bodypainted. While wearing a silver mask that shot laser beams out into the audience and had complete strangers paint her body with brightly colored space toys, she found her calling. Art had a heart beat. Art could be vulnerable. Art was… happening.
10 years & thousands of bodypaintings later, Trina is facing body image, freedom, consumerism and technology through her paintings on the body. She melts the lines between what is seemingly permanent and what is ephemeral. Using the body as her canvas and sculptural medium, she grabs the viewer in an intimate connective work that is transformative for both participant and viewer.