Many artists have earned their reputations by being able to take two-dimensional canvases and turn them into realistic, 3-D looking images of people.
Alexa Meade is a Los Angeles-based artist who decided to turn that formula on its head. Rather than trying to paint 3-D images of people on canvas, she paints directly on the skin of real people, creating an optical illusion that makes them appear to be flattened, 2-D images.
Her work has been displayed in some of the most famous galleries in the world, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in DC, among others.
You can check out some of her work below. Click an image to enlarge:
You can learn more about Alexa and see her in action in this short video from PBS News Hour:
To check out more of her work, you can visit her website here.