1. bookVolume 7 (2020): Issue 2 (December 2020)
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A Liberating Experience. On Becoming a Work of Art

Published Online: 26 Jan 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 7 (2020) - Issue 2 (December 2020)
Page range: 411 - 430
Received: 06 Jul 2020
Accepted: 01 Dec 2020
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2354-0036
First Published
16 Apr 2015
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2 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

The art of bodypainting that is fairly unknown to a wider public turns the body into a canvas - it is a frequently used phrase in the field of bodypainting that illustrates the challenge it faces: it uses a three-dimensional surface and has to cope with its irregularities, but also with the model’s abilities and characteristics. This paper looks at individuals who are turned into art by bodypainting. Although body painting can be very challenging for them - they have to expose their bodies and to stand still for a long time while getting transformed - models report that they enjoy both the process and the result, even if they are not confident about their own bodies. Among the reasons there are physical aspects like the sensual enjoyment, but also the feeling of being part of something artistic. This is enhanced and preserved through double staging - becoming a threedimentional work of art and then being staged for photography or film clips. This process gives the model the chance to experience their own body in a detached way. On the one hand, bodypainting closely relates to the body and on the other hand, it can help to over-come the body.

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