Trina Merry is a New Yorker and a body paint artist, and boy does she create some beautiful work. Watch the video for an introduction and in case you miss it, that shot in the end of a red temple with a golden statue in the middle is made up of 17 painted people.
Recently she’s been online and in the papers with pictures showing her models painted in such a way that they blend right into the New York landscape. The Brooklyn Bridge, the Guggenheim, Central Park and New York’s iconic skyline all feature in her photographs of her models standing against those backgrounds and seeming to blend right in. It’s strange and exciting to put an actual body into a scene in a way that makes the body indistinguishable from what is around it.
Pity the poor models. They have to stand still to be painted and then pose perfectly without movement while they are photographed. Of course body art has a long history. It has in fact been a vibrant part of all human history right from the paint smeared hands making prints on the walls of caves eons ago to face makeup now to the marvellous body/landscape creations Tina has created.
Fortunately New York laws allow nudity in public as part of an artistic display.
But as you can imagine there are lots of New Yorkers who have stopped to stare and can’t quite believe their eyes as they see Tina painting her models right there out in the open, even though they should know everything and anything happens in New York city.
Congratulations tina for having created wonderful works of art for us all to enjoy. this is a deeply affecting art form and it brings New York’s landscape alive in a totally unexpected way.