9 Very Unusual Works of Art Using The Body As Canvas
1The Etch-A-Sketch woman who can draw a pattern over her skin and see it vanish
The 43-year-old has a condition called dermatographia. The slightest scratch can cause her skin to swell. It also allows her to create designs and words on her body which vanish within an hour.
Dermatographia is thought to be caused when the cells under the surface of the skin release histamines under the slightest pressure. This causes the skin to swell and triggers a type of allergic reaction.
2The artist who sews portraits of his family into the palm of his hand
According to David, Under the Skin is an “autobiographical diary” that is supported by his body. On it, he writes the story of his life. He says that he sews on the palm of his hand, “the faces of all the people who, somehow, have marked me throughout my life, family, friends, couples, teachers. Their lives are interwoven with mine to build my story, a story that ends when I run out of leaves to write about.”
3The self-taught illustrator who doodles on her thighs
Despite having no kind of formal training as an illustrator, Jodi's dermal masterpieces look like the work of a seasoned artist, a fact which she attributes to relentless practice, despite what everyone else may think.
Her talents didn't go unnoticed, and after seeing the artworks on her thigh one day, a teacher at Emerson College asked Jodi to draw the illustrations for a "steampunk" book called Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology.
She recently shot to internet fame after photos of her detailed thigh drawings went viral on the popular news sharing site, Reddit, where some of them were actually mistaken for tattoos.
4The artist with a skin disorder that uses her body as a canvas
Russell has exhibited internationally and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Recent shows include the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Platform Gallery in Seattle, Adelphi University in New York, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Bolivia.
5The typeface created using human skin
This latest form of art involves skin and clothespins coming together to form the Roman alphabet. You can see some letters in the picture shown above. The art form is called Skinographie and is believed to have been created in Germany.
6The artist who recreates paintings of the 19th century on the human body
7The designer who creates temporary art tattoos using stickers and a tanning booth
In 2009, she decided to experiment using the body as canvas and the effects of the sun as an instrument, creating Tan The Man, an art installation exhibited at Arden & Anstruther Photographic Gallery.
8The photographer who uses patterns, paint and texture to cover his models
Wolfe abstracts the human form through the use of lines, patterns and texture, as well as unusual angles of view. The work draws on ancient traditions of tribal peoples who painted their faces and bodies with decorative designs. Humans – painted, clayed or abstracted – literally become the canvas for these inspired works of art.
9The artist who hand paints fairy tales on her hands
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