Most known body-paintings objectify the model, like models on a runway, simply moving coat hangers for the artworks on display. This is also true with regular canvas, an object that simply serves no other purpose but to be painted on. The viewer learns very little, if anything, of the person beneath the paint or fashion, or the canvas on which paint was applied. What separates me from other body painters is that I tackle the relevance of the produced artwork to the model it’s being applied on.
For me, this nude being, complete with unique experiences and personality, is someone to celebrate, not ignore. After all, it is a collaborative effort between my work and a model that exclaims, “Here I am, in my purest form. Look at me!”
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- Grant Drumheller, Professor of Art at the University of New Hampshire
- Jerry LoFaro, Illustrator and Illustration Instructor at the New Hampshire Institute of Art
- Natan Alexander, Producer Boston Tattoo Convention and tattoo artist