Body Paint exploration
I am an artist working with Cabasa Carnival arts an organisation based in the North of England who produce costume and large scale puppets for street performance and parades. One of the projects Cabasa has been developing for the last year is a Body painting project to explore Women’s mental health and body image – through the transformative affect of Body painting. This project started when Our lead Artist Emily met esteemed body painter Emma Carmack as she was involved in facilitating a youth artist training programme where Emma Carmack was a tutor. Emily actually was a model on this day and was painted by trainee visual artists and through this experience and her wealth of knowledge in carnival developed a desire to explore the powerful effects of body painting. Over the last year much time has been spent securing funding to take the project forward, we proposed to work with Pregnant women firstly in the third and final trimester and then again postpartum – exploring issues of post natal depression and body image. Throughout this process we hoped to up skill a group of artists with training from Artists such as Emma Carmack among others.
However Nature and the universe had other plans for most of this year as we were hit with the Covid-19 Pandemic which shut down most of the world for a 2/3 month period and any projects got put on hold, events cancelled and everything grounded to a holt. Funding for projects such as this one were frozen and the prospect of painting people especially pregnant women was not looking likely for a while anyway. Cabasa managed to secure some emergency funding from ACE to ensure the survival of the organisation. Now having more time to research and develop the project I thought it would be nice to have a blog to record and post some of my findings.
Image by Christian dyson in collaboration with Global Grooves future leaders programme – Workshop lead by body artist Emma Carmack.
I have created this blog to record by findings through researching tribal traditions of many cultures and how body painting has developed and exists in out society today, from the fashion industry to fine art photography. Through exploring ancient ceremonies and Incredible artists I hope to gain knowledge and understanding as well as inspiration to apply to The Cabasa Carnival Arts Body painting project.
Image by Christian Dyson in association with Cabasa Carnival arts