Lara Wirth, aka ArmageddonPainted on Instagram, is a 16-year-old self-taught body painter whose haunting works transform her into magnificent new characters.
In her collection of images in Instagram, the artist has drawn inspiration from Tim Burton, aliens, Cirque de Soleil, and beyond.
She even caught the attention of the Instagram platform itself; recently, Instagram featured Wirth's work in a post which has collected over 738,000 likes and nearly 6,000 comments.
"Being featured on the Instagram account was honestly the proudest moment of my life. It still blows my mind that out of all the amazing people on Instagram who create such astounding work they chose to contact and feature me!" Wirth tells A Plus in an email. "The amount of love and support I have received as a result is so humbling, I couldn't be more grateful."
In the post's caption, Wirth explains she started body painting when she was just turning 14. She continues on:
"I begin any look by getting inspiration, usually from someone else's body painting. Then I figure out what I like about it, and then I make it my own. I sketch it to see what it's roughly going to look like, but by the time it reaches my body, it usually looks quite different. The really sad bit is washing it off — it's a type of art that only exists in photos in the long haul. My dream would be to work on a movie or even just to watch another artist working in a professional setting. After finishing a creation, looking in the mirror can be a little frightening! I did once make a man scream in the supermarket when I rounded a corner right in front of him. He wasn't prepared to be met by a zombie."
"I love expressing my creativity through body painting and FSX makeup because it's something a little bit different that makes people stand up and take notice," Wirth tells A Plus. "I think this medium of art really brings art to life ... It's the type of art that can move and talk and be interacted with and for me, that's something really special and unique."