Art Imitates Earth: The Promise of Spring

We don’t know about you… but we women at The Body of Art are ecstatic about Spring. Here in New York City, tiny buds are yawning their little mouths open and the breeze is breathing warmth into our souls. We’ve been waiting for this. It’s been a long winter — for the whole world, seemingly — and while we’re grateful for our time spent hunkering down in the studio, we can’t wait to see all of our hard artistic work released into the world in this next season.

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We’ve been focused on the earth’s cycles and changes for more than one reason, though: our founder and lead artist, Dani, is in the midst of an awesome body-art-meets-Thai-costume collaboration dedicated to the four elements. We’ve teamed up with Thunyatorn Ng, our dear friend from Thailand— and recent Body of Artists Leadership Program graduate! — on a four-part body painting project honoring traditional Thai mythology and its expression through our precious Mother Earth. Thunya makes stunning headpieces and jewelry that are part ancient folklore, part high fashion, and we’re featuring them alongside Dani’s classically bold, artful, storytelling body paint designs.

Dani, Tara (our Project Manager), and fellow BoA artists have been painting around the clock, creating backdrops illustrating the realms of the goddesses and gods of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. With Dani as our photographer, we’ve already shot the first body paint for “Earth,” against a beautiful backdrop we created ourselves — and the results are everything we wanted them to be. While we can only show some sneak peeks of the work here, we promise that you’ll get to experience these artworks for yourselves very soon.

We’re planning big art for summer, too. This June, Dani is aligning with some extraordinary visual and performing artists — including Katy Ramirez, Yvonne Macinnis, Trina Merry, Viktorija Bowers, Joe Dulude II, Charlie Wan, and Tara Carrara — to create an immersive, transformational art experience. While makeup and body art will, of course, have its place in this collaborative show (we can’t help ourselves), our focus is bigger than beauty. We’re asking ourselves and our participants important questions about the state of our union, the plight of Mother Earth, and the power we have to elevate above the chaos and enact change on an individual level. We hope you’ll join us in considering these challenging yet vital questions, and stay tuned for more details about the show.

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We celebrate beauty in all its forms everyday, and if you know BoA, you know that we’re a carefree bunch who love to laugh and have a good time. Know that we’re here to support your artistic vision, too — so if you’re passionate about a big idea, but need help executing the specific story you’re envisioning, let us know. We’re always looking for new avenues for art-making, and new co-operators in this ever-shifting, kaleidoscopic life.
And if you just need a quick pick-me-up, remember:

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AB/EX: The Human Urge to Shout it Out

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We’re not pretending otherwise: times are tough, and the human condition, in all its glory, is emerging unveiled more and more each day. All of us at The Body of Art have felt the intensity of our country’s condition in the last few months, and though it’s been turbulent, we’re getting the urge to create more than ever.

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It’s no coincidence, then, that the artistry we’ve dreamt up in collaboration with our clients has been a lot less photo-realism and a lot more expressionism. For all you art history nerds: remember Wassily Kandinsky? He’s the guy who’s often credited with painting the first purely abstract work. You may know his inspired-by-music Compositions, whose expressiveness were so radical as to be considered dangerous — they were actually confiscated by the Nazis and condemned as “Degenerate Art.” We took a note from the badass Kandinsky in our most recent body paint for Shien Lee, who scouted talent for a top-secret launch party in Williamsburg.

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The dynamic Shien, event producer of Dances of Vice, has given us valuable opportunities to stretch our imagination and express ourselves through one of our favorite mediums: the ever-shifting human body. Shien’s events, described as “experiential nightlife for provocateurs,” provide us with the creative freedom we crave. Thanks to her forward-thinking—dare we say, radical—vision, we rang in the new year with a mind-bending op-art camoflauge piece at the NoMo Soho Hotel.

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While we’re currently busy telling makeup stories at NYFW, we’ve got a big project up our sleeve for Spring 2017. While we can’t divulge all of the details just yet, trust us when we say that we’re taking the current need for artistic expression very seriously. In this climate of divisiveness, confusion, and strife, we recognize massive potential in the gathering of creative minds — and we can’t wait to show you what’s sprouting from the BoA brain.

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If you or your brand is looking for eclectic ambiance and impactful visuals, be sure to give us a shout at info@thebodyofart.com. We would love nothing more than to create a memorable experience for your audience; one that haunts them long after the curtain falls. 

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