Painted girl evolves

Courtesy of by way of Vimeo, or something like that.

Courtesy of by way of Vimeo, or something like that.

Here, courtesy of, is an intriguing stop-action video of a girl, a dozen or more cans of paint and a camera. Very amusing, and delicious. She’s a lovely girl, apparently named Elvis, and I post this under the rubric of architecture because it raises the question of what is beauty. At some points in the video, which lasts a bit more than four minutes, her obviously pretty face is exalted, at least somewhat, by the effects of the paint and at other times her beauty is diminished. (A side issue is whether one might like the camera to have strayed downward a bit, but I’ll leave that to the technorati.) Be that as it may, her range of expression as she reacts variously to what the paint inflicts on her is priceless. Here is Elvis.

When you get to the site, scroll down past the first screen. The first screen with the small white square box (if you click it) is the wrong screen. In the correct screen she has red lipstick and stitch marks, and there’s music.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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7 Responses to Painted girl evolves

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  5. eldinsmille says:

    Almost like Maria in 1927 film Metropolis.


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