Artist Creates Sacred Shrine Made of Painted Naked Bodies

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.

Check out her website or follow her on Twitter to see more amazing work.