Taking a Look at Body Art

1615 Words Jan 31st, 2018 7 Pages
African, European, Asia, and Australian tribes have shown records that body painting was used. The tribes were using pigments from plant leaves and fruits to decorate themselves because body art was an important part of their lives. Body art would represent qualities of the people, goals for life, gods, and many war themes. The first full body painting arose in 1933 of a naked model in Chicago. Body painting spread out during the 1960’s when hippies began the movement in the United States. It is important to clarify that body painting is not just applied to nude bodies, but also can be applied to pieces of skin. Alexa Meade is a very skilful artist and has a certain style and view of body painting herself. Alexa was born and raised in 1986 in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Meade graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY majoring in political science. Meade received her bachelor’s degree, but never attended art school. Meade was forced to teach herself how to paint, which started at the age of 15. When interviewed, Meade stated, “I didn’t have to think of painting as this thing on canvas, because I didn’t have any practice doing that. I just saw paint as something that can be used in space.” When just beginning, Meade’s studio…

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