Last week for the grand opening of a new gallery space for Big Ass Canvas in downtown Austin, I unveiled the “Live Embodiment” project which has been brewing in my mind for months now. With my subject matter being predominantly mystic women, I’ve often dreamt of embodying these characters. The challenge of dressing as a magical being I imagined in my mind, combined with ethereal environments and swarms of flora and fauna seemed like quite a feat. Thankfully we had some creative minds on board and it came together beautifully.
Four woman and myself painted our faces, adorned ourselves with head crowns, skulls, flowers and fauna, and arrived to the opening in full embodiment. We received a wide range of reactions, from shocked, to intrigued, to confused. Some asked question after question, while others looked from afar, not sure if it was appropriate to talk to the live art.
The most surprising outcome has been people catching on, spontaneously dressing as my paintings and tagging me on Instagram. There has been four people already who dressed as “Ghost Wolf!” These acts inspire me to keep creating.
Before the event, portrait photographer Dalton Campbell arrived at my studio to photograph each of us through our interpretation of our piece. Dalton and I posed the models and he used his skills and lighting to mimic the environment of each painting. Here are the results of the shoot, which may end up being an ongoing project. What is your reaction? Please leave comments below!
Julia Vieau as “Golden Lotus”
Lauren Bruno as “Su Majestad” // vocalist and musician: facebook.com/lesrav
Paige Swanson as “Metamorphosis”
Jessy Lee as “Golden Nectar”
Hannah Natali as “Ghost Wolf”