Body painting by Trina Merry
Trina Merry is an interesting artist from New York best know for her unique style that mix body art with photography. At Lemontrend, we are a fan of her work, and in the past, we already show her art in 2 different articles the art meets photography and celestial human bodies.
Today we bring you guys her last work Lost in wonder. By Lost in wonder, Trina blurs the line of reality for both the viewer and the subject. Merry had her subject, UK model Kyle James, pose fully painted in front of Modern Wonders of the World. This “guerrilla-style” approach is common to much of her work.
For this series, Trina travelled to Modern Wonders of the World. Surrounded by historical places, Trina created amazing photographs. But before this, she first travelled together with her model to the place and take a historical tour, then she return to the place, sit down and observe in detail the architecture, the energy, the people and the effects of tourism on the places.
“Many photographers say they ‘take’ a picture. At major tourist sites like these, there are masses of visual consumers ‘taking’ from this environment without really appreciating the space or the history and culture of the people who made these structures. Artists are culture makers so I couldn’t approach this trip the same way- we “made” a picture and gave energy back to these places.”
“I’m profoundly interested in the culture of the selfie. Why are people traveling to these sites for only a brief moment to take a picture and brag to their friends? It completely isolates the architectural structure from its original meaning, intent and use. I am highly interested in our methods of memory- making and the ways these are digitalized globally.”
“I wanted to examine, what does it look like when we strip down our dreams and confront ourselves with the reality of these ‘wonders’ of the world.”
“I really wanted to understand what makes a place ‘great’. Why do these physical structures go down in history? I was amazed that due to the nature of contemporary tourism, so many people idealize these places, but they leave with some selfies, a branded trinket and a bit of disappointment. They looked… lost.”