6 Artists Who Use Their Bodies for Their Art

Whether you’re a fine art fanatic or just a human body enthusiast, you’ll be fascinated with the extent these artists utilised their body to create their masterpieces. From using their skin as a canvas to using their hair as a medium – take a look into the fascinating artwork of artists who use their body for their art.

Ariana Page Rusell – Dermatographia

Ariana Page Russell is a visual artist who suffers from a skin condition called ‘Dermatographia‘. With this condition, if you lightly scratch your skin, the scratches turn red and raise up and the marks can last up to 30 minutes.

Russell saw her skin condition as an opportunity to create beautiful art in the most unexpected way. Through her art, Ariana aims to illustrate the way we expose, express, adorn and articulate ourselves. She exhibits her art internationally, showing the world how to be comfortable in our skin through powerful art.

source: Anna Page Russell

source: Anna Page Russell

Millie Brown – Vomit Artist

This is modern art is born from the gag reflex. Millie Brown creates paintings using her vomit. She starves herself for 2 days before ‘painting’, drinks coloured milk, then purges onto the canvas to create liquid rainbow artwork that is praised yet questioned by many.

Brown also travels around the world performing the process that she takes to create her paintings, usually accompanied by opera singers that set the ambience of the stage. Audience are usually left clapping, lost for words or finding the nearest exit.

source: Youtube

David Cata – Under The Skin

The series called “Under The Skin” is an autobiographical diary of artist David Cata who embroiders portraits of significant people in his life. Using only a needle and thread, he writes the story of his life using his skin as the canvas.

Cata says that the work on the palm of his hands are, “the faces of all the people who, somehow, have marked me throughout my life.. Their lives see interwoven with mine to build my story, a story, that ends when I run out of leaves to write about.”

source: David Cata
source: David Cata

Janine Rewell – Tan The Man

Janine Rewell experiments using her whole body as the canvas and the sun being the main instrument. Her art which started back in 2009, has won her multiple awards. The designs on her body are created with vinyl stickers and solarium.

Her exhibition named “Tan The Man” is installed at Arden & Anstruther Photographic gallery.

source: Janine Erwell
source: Janine Erwell

Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector – Anatomical Museum

Anatomical Museum” are a series of artwork where 19th century masterpieces are painted onto human body. Artists Chadwick Gray and Laura Spector incorporates real life features such as eyeballs into the art to offer a different ‘anatomical’ effect. 

The project was inspired by Gray’s passion for 19th century art and body art, he then decided to combine the two in one great project.

source: Chadwick & Spector
source: Chadwick & Spector

Marc Quinn – Self sculptures with blood

Inspired by Rebmbrandt’s idea to make a portrait of himself every few years, Marc Quinn wanted to do the same but with a bold twist. He collects blood from his own body to create sculptures of his head. Quinn makes one every 5 years, each sculpture takes 9 pints of blood to make. He collects the blood by going to the doctor every six weeks for a whole year.

In 2009, one of the heads was sold to the National Portrait Gallery for nearly £360,000, but most of the heads remain in private collections.

source: Marc Quinn
source: Marc Quinn

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas – Hair

This artist takes intricacies to a whole new level. Rosemary Meza-DesPlas sews her own hair to create meticulously beautiful, detailed artwork. Meza-DesPlas runs her fingers through her hair in the morning and catches the strands that fall out. She collects these hairs and they then become the unique medium of her artwork.

Since falling in love with the fine detailing her own body provided, most of her work are now created from solely one material: her hair.

source: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
source: Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
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Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a second-year journalism student and a solo-travel enthusiast. She's Unified's Features Editor and curator for #UnifiedFem. She mostly writes about lifestyle, travel and discussing the topics of feminism.

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