Trina Merry is an artist, but instead of painting her landscapes on a canvas, she draws them on people’s naked bodies — often out in public.
“We’re always just about to get arrested,” says the 38-year-old Chelsea resident, who paints her thong-clad models so that they blend into their surroundings, with past settings including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and Times Square.
Her work — including her latest series, “Lust of Currency,” in which she paints models into existing works of art by Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh — will be on display at Superfine art fair Thursday through Sunday.
Merry can do a live body-painting in 30 minutes, though some of her more complex works can take up to three hours. New Yorkers in particular love her work: She says that last year she got 600 applications for models, and she now offers private portrait sessions ranging in price from $1,500 to $5,000, due to her high demand.
“Over the last few years, people have started to understand what I’m doing and end up recognizing me,” says Merry, adding that her work celebrates body positivity and diversity.
“It’s great that people are hearing my voice and seeing my work.”
Superfine runs Thursday through Sunday at 459 W. 14th St. For more information and to buy tickets, go to https://superfine.world.
Source: Raquel Laneri / New York Post