In her politically-inspired series “Sweet Land of Liberty”, the extremely talented Trina Merry painted the bodies of models of different shapes and sizes so that they would blend into the landscape of iconic American landmarks such as the White House, the Jefferson Memorial, the Freedom Tower, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, Independence Hall and the Washington Monument. The project is a powerful comment on Merry’s belief of “justice, balance, human rights.” In an excellent Time Out New York profile, Merry shared where she found the inspiration for her creative projects.
When I first came to New York, it was sort of a lonely period of time. I was really struck by this feeling that I could just sort of disappear, and nobody would even know where I went. I took that idea, and I started blending people into the different architecture of New York. I totally got into body-painting by accident. You don’t grow up and go, ‘You know, when I get older, I want to paint naked people for a living.’