Meet The Artist Turning Humans Into 2D Art | TODAY

Meet The Artist Turning Humans Into 2D Art | TODAY


FROM THREE DIMENSIONAL TO TWO DIMENSIONAL AND HOW SHE DOES IT DIMENSIONAL AND HOW SHE DOES IT IS REALLY INCREDIBLE. IS REALLY INCREDIBLE. TAKE A LOOK. TAKE A LOOK.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF>>A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK OF PAINTING SOMETHING STIFF AND PAINTING SOMETHING STIFF AND STATIC. STATIC. BUT I’M PULLING OUT A PIECE OF BUT I’M PULLING OUT A PIECE OF LIFE FROM THE PAINTING. LIFE FROM THE PAINTING.>>Reporter: WALKING THROUGH>>Reporter: WALKING THROUGH ALEXA’S LOS ANGELES ART STUDIO ALEXA’S LOS ANGELES ART STUDIO IS WONDERFULLY INVITING. IS WONDERFULLY INVITING.>>THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN>>THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COVERED IN PAINT AND COVERED IN PAINT AND PHOTOGRAPHED. PHOTOGRAPHED.>>WHAT A TALENT.>>WHAT A TALENT.>>EVERYTHING IS DESIGNED TO BE>>EVERYTHING IS DESIGNED TO BE TOUCHED, PLAYED WITH. TOUCHED, PLAYED WITH.>>BRIGHT AND COLORFUL, IT’S NOT>>BRIGHT AND COLORFUL, IT’S NOT A LOOK, DON’T TOUCH SPACE. A LOOK, DON’T TOUCH SPACE. IN FACT, ALEXA EXPECTS YOU TO IN FACT, ALEXA EXPECTS YOU TO INTERACT WITH HER ART. INTERACT WITH HER ART.>>IF YOU NEED A PAR SOME,>>IF YOU NEED A PAR SOME, PLEASE — PLEASE –>>ABSOLUTELY NEED A PARASOL.>>ABSOLUTELY NEED A PARASOL.>>IT GIVES IT THE ILLUSION IT’S>>IT GIVES IT THE ILLUSION IT’S TWO DIMENSIONAL. TWO DIMENSIONAL.>>FANTASTIC.>>FANTASTIC.>>IT WORKS ON YOU.>>IT WORKS ON YOU.>>I LOVE IT.>>I LOVE IT.>>HER MAIN CANVAS, PEOPLE.>>HER MAIN CANVAS, PEOPLE.>>WHERE DID THIS COME FROM,>>WHERE DID THIS COME FROM, THIS TALENT OF YOURS? THIS TALENT OF YOURS?>>ONE DAY IN COLLEGE I TOOK A>>ONE DAY IN COLLEGE I TOOK A SCULPTURE CLASS. SCULPTURE CLASS. WE HAD TO MAKE A SCULPTURE ABOUT WE HAD TO MAKE A SCULPTURE ABOUT A LANDSCAPE THAT WAS NOT A A LANDSCAPE THAT WAS NOT A SCULPTURE OF A LANDSCAPE. SCULPTURE OF A LANDSCAPE. WHAT I CAME UP WAS WHAT IF I WHAT I CAME UP WAS WHAT IF I PAINTED BLACK SHADOWS ON THE PAINTED BLACK SHADOWS ON THE GROUND AND THAT WOULD BE A WAY GROUND AND THAT WOULD BE A WAY OF DESCRIBING THIS SPACE THROUGH OF DESCRIBING THIS SPACE THROUGH ITS SHADOWS. ITS SHADOWS.>>WHAT ABOUT PAINTING ON>>WHAT ABOUT PAINTING ON PEOPLE? PEOPLE?>>THE FIRST TIME I PAINTED ON A>>THE FIRST TIME I PAINTED ON A PERSON AT THAT POINT I REALIZED PERSON AT THAT POINT I REALIZED I HAD SOMETHING. I HAD SOMETHING.>>DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS>>DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS SIGNING UP AND ALLOWING SIGNING UP AND ALLOWING THEMSELVES TO GET PAINTED? THEMSELVES TO GET PAINTED?>>IT TOOK A WHILE FOR PEOPLE TO>>IT TOOK A WHILE FOR PEOPLE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS DOING. DOING. OFTENTIMES I WOULD HAVE TO PAINT OFTENTIMES I WOULD HAVE TO PAINT MY SISTER OVER AND OVER AGAIN. MY SISTER OVER AND OVER AGAIN.>>TODAY ALEXA’S WORK CAN BE>>TODAY ALEXA’S WORK CAN BE SEEN ALL OVER, LIKE IN ARIANA SEEN ALL OVER, LIKE IN ARIANA GRANDE’S VIDEO FOR “GOD IS A GRANDE’S VIDEO FOR “GOD IS A WOMAN,” BUT SHE SAYS IT’S THIS WOMAN,” BUT SHE SAYS IT’S THIS PAINTING THAT GOT HER NOTICED. PAINTING THAT GOT HER NOTICED.>>I WAS GOING TO AN ART EXHIBIT>>I WAS GOING TO AN ART EXHIBIT THAT I WAS BRINGING MY PAINTED THAT I WAS BRINGING MY PAINTED MODEL TO. MODEL TO. I COULDN’T GET A RIDE TO THE I COULDN’T GET A RIDE TO THE SHOW. SHOW. I WAS HORRIBLY EMBARRASSED ON I WAS HORRIBLY EMBARRASSED ON THE SUBWAY. THE SUBWAY. I WAS LIKE THIS IS NOT THE DEBUT I WAS LIKE THIS IS NOT THE DEBUT I WANT TO BE MAKING WITH MY I WANT TO BE MAKING WITH MY ARTWORK AND IT TURNS OUT THAT ARTWORK AND IT TURNS OUT THAT ACCIDENT TURNED INTO ONE OF MY ACCIDENT TURNED INTO ONE OF MY MOST ICONIC PIECES. MOST ICONIC PIECES.>>I FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE WAS>>I FEEL LIKE YOUR LIFE WAS LIKE THAT IN FINDING THIS TALENT LIKE THAT IN FINDING THIS TALENT WAS A HAPPY ACCIDENT, RIGHT? WAS A HAPPY ACCIDENT, RIGHT?>>ABSOLUTELY.>>ABSOLUTELY. I GREW UP IN D.C. I GREW UP IN D.C. I INTERNED ON CAPITOL HILL FOR I INTERNED ON CAPITOL HILL FOR FOUR SUMMERS. FOUR SUMMERS. I DID PRESS FOR OBAMA IN 2008. I DID PRESS FOR OBAMA IN 2008. I MAJORED IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. I MAJORED IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. I WAS FULLY ON THIS PATH. I WAS FULLY ON THIS PATH. THEN IT WAS JUST THIS LITTLE THEN IT WAS JUST THIS LITTLE IDEA ABOUT PUTTING PAINT ON IDEA ABOUT PUTTING PAINT ON SHADOWS THAT COMPLETELY CHANGED SHADOWS THAT COMPLETELY CHANGED EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING.>>FROM POLITICS TO PAINTER, I>>FROM POLITICS TO PAINTER, I COULDN’T MISS MY OPPORTUNITY. COULDN’T MISS MY OPPORTUNITY.>>LET THE ARTIST BEGIN.>>LET THE ARTIST BEGIN. YOU’RE PRETTY FAST. YOU’RE PRETTY FAST.>>HAVE TO MOVE QUICKLY.>>HAVE TO MOVE QUICKLY.>>AND HAVE YOU PAINTED>>AND HAVE YOU PAINTED YOURSELF? YOURSELF?>>TONS OF TIMES.>>TONS OF TIMES. I WOULD OFTENTIMES PRACTICE ON I WOULD OFTENTIMES PRACTICE ON MYSELF. MYSELF. HAVE YOU EVER HAD YOUR ANKLES HAVE YOU EVER HAD YOUR ANKLES PAINTED BEFORE? PAINTED BEFORE?>>NO.>>NO. WILL THIS PAINT MAKE ME YOUNGER? WILL THIS PAINT MAKE ME YOUNGER?>>IT MIGHT.>>IT MIGHT.>>HOW MUCH OF THIS IS A>>HOW MUCH OF THIS IS A COLLABORATION WITH THE PEOPLE COLLABORATION WITH THE PEOPLE YOU’RE PAINTING? YOU’RE PAINTING?>>IT’S ALMOST LIKE A DANCE>>IT’S ALMOST LIKE A DANCE BETWEEN ME AND MY SUBJECTS WHERE BETWEEN ME AND MY SUBJECTS WHERE WE BOTH BECOME CO-CREATORS IN WE BOTH BECOME CO-CREATORS IN THIS WORK BUT THEY’RE THE ONES THIS WORK BUT THEY’RE THE ONES THAT BRING IT TO LIFE. THAT BRING IT TO LIFE.>>WOW, THAT’S WILD.>>WOW, THAT’S WILD.>>THAT’S UNBELIEVABLE.>>THAT’S UNBELIEVABLE.>>ISN’T THAT AMAZING?>>ISN’T THAT AMAZING?>>I MEAN, WHAT A TALENT.>>I MEAN, WHAT A TALENT.>>HOW LONG DID THE PROCESS>>HOW LONG DID THE PROCESS TAKE, NAT? TAKE, NAT?>>IT WAS ONLY ABOUT 45 MINUTES.>>IT WAS ONLY ABOUT 45 MINUTES. SHE WORKS REALLY QUICKLY BECAUSE SHE WORKS REALLY QUICKLY BECAUSE THE PAINT IS DRYING AS SHE’S THE PAINT IS DRYING AS SHE’S GOING AND IT’S ACRYLIC PAINT. GOING AND IT’S ACRYLIC PAINT. EVERYTHING WASHES AND PEELS OFF EVERYTHING WASHES AND PEELS OFF QUICKLY. QUICKLY. IT’S A WIG, THANK GOODNESS SO I IT’S A WIG, THANK GOODNESS SO I DIDN’T HAVE TO PAINT MY HAIR. DIDN’T HAVE TO PAINT MY HAIR.>>WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO HANG>>WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO HANG THAT BEAUTIFUL PAINTING? THAT BEAUTIFUL PAINTING?>>IT’S INCREDIBLE.>>IT’S INCREDIBLE. IT WAS ACTUALLY A PICTURE OF ME IT WAS ACTUALLY A PICTURE OF ME IN THE PAINTING. IN THE PAINTING. SO IT’S REALLY COOL. SO IT’S REALLY COOL.>>THAT IS AWESOME.>>THAT IS AWESOME. I LOVE IT, NAT, THANKS. I LOVE IT, NAT, THANKS.>>BE A PART OF OUR INSTAGRAM

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