TRINA MERRY

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.

Trina Merry's Bodypaint Reel

Process:

It takes Trina about 1-3 hours to do a camouflage painting and 4-18 hours for a human sculptures. She photographs all her paintings and can also provide a videographer and behind the scenes photographer to capture content needed for today’s various communication platforms.  She needs a minimum of one week lead time for a camouflage painting and one month for a human sculpture or private commissions (painting you). For out of country projects, please allow enough time for visas if needed.

Her experienced TEAM of 30 performance artists includes Models, Contortion, Trapeze, Aerial, Acrobat, Pole, Broadway Dancers, Choreographers, Actors & more.  She paints them nude, in dance/swimwear, or in full period-specific clothing.

While based in New York, she travels around the world creating art activations and her fine art series.  Commissions can be created to suit your budget, starting at $5000 & ranging as high as $120,000.

Trina won first place for the USA at the World Bodypaint Festival in the Fine Art Installation category (2014). She is currently has exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art, Edward Hopper House and Lemon Frame Gallery (Tel Aviv).

To schedule a studio visit or see an upcoming exhibition, please use our contact form.

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Trina Merry's Bodypaint Reel

Process:

It takes Trina about 1-3 hours to do a camouflage painting and 4-18 hours for a human sculptures. She photographs all her paintings and can also provide a videographer and behind the scenes photographer to capture content needed for today’s various communication platforms.  She needs a minimum of one week lead time for a camouflage painting and one month for a human sculpture or private commissions (painting you). For out of country projects, please allow enough time for visas if needed.

Her experienced TEAM of 30 performance artists includes Models, Contortion, Trapeze, Aerial, Acrobat, Pole, Broadway Dancers, Choreographers, Actors & more.  She paints them nude, in dance/swimwear, or in full period-specific clothing.

While based in New York, she travels around the world creating art activations and her fine art series.  Commissions can be created to suit your budget, starting at $5000 & ranging as high as $120,000.

Trina won first place for the USA at the World Bodypaint Festival in the Fine Art Installation category (2014). She is currently has exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art, Edward Hopper House and Lemon Frame Gallery (Tel Aviv).

To schedule a studio visit or see an upcoming exhibition, please use our contact form.

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