"When I was in high school I learned about the technique of making portraits with thumbprints," says Irish on the origin of her method. "In 2001, I was putting on makeup to go out one night and see a band. I blotted my lips on a bit of tissue and got the idea of using lips in the same way as the thumbprints, in the spirit of pointillism. Marilyn Monroe was, of course, the perfect candidate."
The art of kissing... Every kiss counts.
She goes the extra mile to make sure her paintings are as personal and intimate as possible, and she does that by using her own lips. She has rapidly become one of the brightest shining stars on the scene with her Lip Art, and people are lining up to get a peek at what she does and to possibly purchase some of her intimate paintings.
By varying the pressure of her kisses on the canvas she is able to create astonishing paintings.
"I feel that it is a very feminine process. Some of my most recent subjects led very tragic lives, I hope that the intimacy of kissing someone's face speaks to that."