Treat your body like a temple.
San Jose-based bodypainting artist Trina Merry takes these words literally.
Merry, who apprenticed under world-renowned bodypainter Craig Tracy, recently took 17 naked models and painted them to resemble a sacred shine.
Upon first glance, your eyes are fooled to think that what you’re looking at is really a temple of sorts. But then, as you look closer, you realize that you’re staring at a bunch of human canvases and their butts!
It took the talented artist nine hours to paint this living masterpiece.
In Merry’s own words:
Bodypaint creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it’s a distinctly human experience.
My surface is living, breathing human beings making this a highly relevant & immediate medium. I use non-toxic hypoallergenic paint applied with a brush or airbrush. The painting is temporary, like a Tibetan sand painting, beginning to change into another work as soon as I stop painting, changing texture & color.
Don’t you love the double-take you have to do when looking at her work?
Our bodies truly are temples.
Merry not only found a way to create a stunning ephemeral space of worship, she also was able to somehow emphasize the value of spiritual treasures that lie within all of us.