I have to admit that when I posted a video yesterday showing Johannes Stötter’s body-painting “installation” of five humans making a remarkably realistic frog, I was taken aback when several readers said that this “creeped them out.” I don’t quite get that, as I see that form of body-painting as art, using the human body as a canvas—just as choreographers use movements of the human body to convey emotion.
But I can’t change what creeps people out, so for those of you who didn’t like the frog, here’s a TRIGGER WARNING: MORE BODY PAINTING!!!!!
In a comment on yesterday’s post post, reader Steven Q. Muth (the one-man staff of Butter the Roosevelt cat) called our attention to this post in the Daily Mail about another stunning example of Stotter’s animal-themed body painting. Since it’s a parrot, I have a feeling that at least our coterie of parrot-loving readers will like it.
As the Mail notes (all quotes indented):
The 35-year-old artist, who lives in Italy, spent four weeks painstakingly planning how he could transform the female model into a parrot.
He took four hours to paint the woman’s body using special breathable paint – adding intricate detail, dark shading and even a bright green eye.
He then spent a further hour positioning her on a tree trump, before taking a series of photographs.
Check this out (all photos and captions from The Daily Mail). It’s not a parrot but a a human!
The finished creation sees the model’s outstretched left leg become the parrot’s tail feathers, while her right leg and arm become its wings.
And her left arm – wrapped around her head – forms the tropical bird’s head.
Mr Stoetter, who was crowned World Body Painting Champion in 2012, said he had chosen to position the model on a tree stump to enhance the ‘parrot’s’ life-like appearance.
‘Getting the scene set up took about five hours, then it took about another four hours to paint the model and an hour to get her position right,’ he said.
It was quite hard to take the photo, to tell the model how to pose to make the parrot seem as real as possible and also to find the right point of view for me to take the photo.
‘It was not easy for the model to hold the position either. The whole process took about four weeks from start to finish.’
He added: ‘I feel very happy with the final work. Most people’s reaction are “nice photo of a parrot, where did you photograph it?”
‘Even some of my closest friends who know me and my art didn’t notice that it is not a real parrot.
‘When they found out, they were really amazed, stunned and surprised.’