As we researched the culture of the Omo People and how they viewed their bodies as art, we looked at the many patterns that were able to create. Immediately, it reminded us of Mark Bradford. In fact, our organization is a big fan of Mr. Bradford but as you look at his work and some of the photographs we are sharing below, you can see why we feel he offers an abstract take as well to these women. He is very in tune with using found objects just like these women who also use the raw materials around them.
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Tribal Societies, who stil follow the ancient custom of face painting, choose the colors according to the available raw materials. In ancient times, only primary and locally available colors like red, blue, yellow or white were used. Sometimes by sprinkling dust or soft bird feathers, special effects were achieved. Nowadays, most tribesmen choose to use branded paints. Painting a face is an art, perhaps the very first art, going back to the origins of human culture. Artists paint bold, mask-like designs inspired by imagery from nature, imagination or traditional masks. Unlike dance and music where the most charming modes and sweetest strains disappear before they are understood, painting captures the emotions and expressions and retains the impact for a long period. Painting is essentially a spoken and unspoken expression with the strokes of a brush.
Animation was done by filmmaker Guillaume Renberg
Born in 1966 Paris, France. Guillaume Renberg’s lifelong love of film brought him to California to study and work in the film industry. Since 1999 Guillaume has been living and working in New York City, participating in the production of major motion pictures, commercials, television, and numerous independent film projects. One of his personal passions is filming, editing and producing documentaries about the life and work of his artist friends.