Artist cre­ates op­ti­cal il­lu­sions with makeup

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Us­ing pa­per or can­vas to cre­ate art is passé. Mimi Cho, a 31-year-old makeup artist from Van­cou­ver, Canada uses her face as a can­vas to cre­ate stun­ning hy­per­real op­ti­cal il­lu­sions and has taken the In­ter­net by storm.

A for­mer school teacher, Mimi Choi tests her lim­its by cre­at­ing makeup looks that are so bizarre that they come across as im­pec­ca­bly pho­to­shopped im­ages at the first glance. Tak­ing op­ti­cal il­lu­sions to the next level, Choi’s In­sta­gram page is filled with im­ages of sliced faces, zip­pered hands, flipped out eyes, shift make-up and hands con­verted to ‘fresh sushi’ — all cre­ated with a brush and makeup.

The artist’s im­pres­sive work has gone vi­ral on In­sta­gram, help­ing her gain over 280,000 fol­low­ers. What is the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Choi’s stun­ning art? “I think the rea­son why it works is be­cause I lit­er­ally force my ideas to hap­pen in real life. I try not to dis­miss an idea just be­cause it seems too crazy or im­pos­si­ble to achieve. I try any­way. Some­times it works, some­times it doesn’t but that’s ok!” reads one of the cap­tions on her pic­tures.

Choi’s art is also her way to cope with anx­i­ety. “For those of you, who suf­fer silently from anx­i­ety and panic at­tacks, that over­whelm­ing feel­ing of fear, help­less­ness and des­per­a­tion... it’s hard to breathe.. .You feel nau­seous and dizzy... Your fin­gers and feet start to tin­gle. You are ter­ri­fied. You feel like you will die. Then it sub­sides but comes back. It will get bet­ter and you will be okay,” she writes.

The artist, who is al­ways cu­ri­ous to learn new things, says that ev­ery project teaches her some­thing new. “I usu­ally come up with silly ideas when I’m feel­ing sleepy at night, and some­times I’ll write them down so that they won’t slip,” Choi adds.

The look that has earned Choi most praise is the ‘sliced and shifted face’. What’s the key to achieve this trick art? “I use the colour black to mimic space and depth, and light colours to high­light edges to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of height, vol­ume and sep­a­ra­tion.”

Pre­sen­ta­tion is as im­por­tant as ex­e­cu­tion, feels Choi. She says, “Click­ing a photo and video at the right an­gle is also cru­cial to cre­ate an im­pact­ful il­lu­sion. If you truly un­der­stand the con­cept of high­light­ing and shad­ing, I be­lieve you can cre­ate anything on any can­vas!”

PHO­TOS: IN­STA­GRAM/ MIMI CHOI

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