Event Title

Body Prints: Humans Being Powerless

Location

CSU 253

Start Date

20-4-2015 11:05 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 12:05 PM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Brian Frink

Mentor's Email Address

brian.frink@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

College of Arts and Humanities

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

The purpose of my creative project is for viewers to confront the image of a human body; as well as for my own exploration of flesh as an artistic tool. As a result of receiving a grant for this project, I was able to explore on a larger scale with more materials and many different body types. Through my research I have completed a series of 13 acrylic paintings, or as I call them, ‘Body Prints’. These works are done by applying acrylic paint straight to the flesh and then having the model create marks onto raw canvas using parts of or their entire body. They apply themselves either like a stamp or with a lot of movement. These marks are physical representations of the many ways humans feel powerless in this world. Each work is given a different idea of the powerlessness of humans, some being very personal for the chosen model, such as being powerless regarding death and loss. When looking at the works, the audience is forced to react to the vulnerability of the real human’s print. Some of the works came out more abstract than others, resulting in more of a confrontation to the painting as an object rather than the image of a human body.

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Body Prints: Humans Being Powerless

CSU 253

The purpose of my creative project is for viewers to confront the image of a human body; as well as for my own exploration of flesh as an artistic tool. As a result of receiving a grant for this project, I was able to explore on a larger scale with more materials and many different body types. Through my research I have completed a series of 13 acrylic paintings, or as I call them, ‘Body Prints’. These works are done by applying acrylic paint straight to the flesh and then having the model create marks onto raw canvas using parts of or their entire body. They apply themselves either like a stamp or with a lot of movement. These marks are physical representations of the many ways humans feel powerless in this world. Each work is given a different idea of the powerlessness of humans, some being very personal for the chosen model, such as being powerless regarding death and loss. When looking at the works, the audience is forced to react to the vulnerability of the real human’s print. Some of the works came out more abstract than others, resulting in more of a confrontation to the painting as an object rather than the image of a human body.

Recommended Citation

Schwartz, Kelsey. "Body Prints: Humans Being Powerless." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_04/3