A Different Type of Art

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When someone usually thinks of art they think of using different tools to create that piece of artwork those types of tools usually include a pencil, crayons, paintbrushes, pastels or even chalk. But could you ever image using a body part to create this art, now you may be thinking using your hands or feet to create it but some artists have gone to new measures and have started using their tongues, breasts, private parts, eyes and even their vomit as tools to help them accomplish their art. The reason I chose this is that I have always found this type of art interesting. Since I was child I have always loved using my fingers and feet to create art they were fun tools to work with and it was always interesting to see how your painting would turn out. When I have spare time I usually use my fingers or elbows to create random paintings it’s a neat thing because I always feel more connected to what I just painted. This got me thinking about the question do artists use different body parts to create different types of art. Then I started doing research it turns out they do I chose to write about this because many people do not know that this technique even exists and I was also surprised to find out how good some of these paintings look. This first artwork is by Ani K he is an Indian artist that uses his tongue as a palette and also uses his tongue to paint on the canvas he has painted over a thousand pictures. It took him 3 to 4 days to paint Leonardo’s famous last supper painting. The artist saw his teacher painting with his feet and he wanted to do something unique and that is why he chose to use his tongue as a tool to create artwork. This piece of artwork reminds me of the high renaissance painting the last supper that was created by Leonardo Da Vinci. This type of artwork kind of reminds me of the metal point technique because even though this technique uses a piece of metal to draw you have to be careful because you can’t just go back and erase it this is comparable to the tongue painting because once you have your tongue on the canvas you can’t just decide to erase because your tongue leaves the paint on the canvas permanently. The second piece of artwork is by an England artist named Millie Brown who uses her vomit to create works of art. Browns art work reminds me of a technique called spattering where the paint is being sprayed or flicked onto the surface of a painting using a paintbrush and oil paint. But in browns case she is using her mouth and the dyes that she vomits on to the canvas. Both of these artists have opened up a new world of not just using the same tools to create art but actually becoming connected with the art. In Ani K’s case he wanted to make himself stand out in the art world and be known for something no one has ever done before which he has made his dream come true. Brown has stirred up a lot of controversy because of many people thinking this promotes bulimia which is does not Brown wanted to create something raw and real and at the same time use her body to create art which she has. Both of these artists have reached their goals as to what they wanted their art to accomplish. With art changing everyday it will be interesting to see what artists use to create their next art piece.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555858/Indian-artist-Ani-K-gets-taste-painting-tongue-produces-1-000-pictures-including-8ft-Da-Vinci.html

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/mar/24/millie-brown-vomit-artist-lady-gaga

  1. Do you think this type of art is considered more skilled than art that requires art tools?
  2. Which artists painting do you like better and why? Would you ever consider trying this out?
  3. Do you think that this type of art in museums would influence more people to visit museums?

Carla Chavez

Additional information: the links below show videos of how the artists create their art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SuokFJDZMI

http://www.odditycentral.com/videos/indian-artist-paints-with-his-tongue.html

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dZ5BtZkIR4

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A Woman’s Artist: Olivia De Berardinis

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‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’

As a young girl into my adolescent years, I grew up in a house full of testosterone. Where every Monday night was wrestling night, their favorite war and action movies were constantly replayed, and I clearly remember smelling that distinct odor of sweat and feet coming from the room we once all shared. I would go to school and see my classmates with these little purses, their nails all polished up in bright colors, their lips sparkling from the over use their pink lip gloss and here I was wearing my uncle’s hand me down ‘Bulls’ shirt with a rip in the armpit, and wearing socks that were too big for me. All that changed the night I saw ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ starting Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable, and Marilyn Monroe. It had been the makeup, the clothes, the way they looked so put together and beautiful that was just mesmerizing. They were the staple of what a real woman should look, act like, feel like. But it was not only beauty that struck me, but it was their confidence as well. It was then my love for the 1940s and the Golden Era came to life. As I grew and started becoming more aware of my sexuality, that’s when I came across Bettie Page. Known as the 1950’s fetish underground Queen of Pin-ups, she had become quite known as the girl you would not bring home to meet the parents. After much of her images were destroyed due to the ban in sexualized imagery, Bettie had disappeared and had been forgotten. It wasn’t until the early 1990’s with the work of Olivia De Berardinis that Bettie made her way back into mainstream and had truly found her home, capturing the eyes and imagination of people once again. What drew me most of Olivia’s artwork towards Bettie was the female expressiveness of it. In each painting that you see, Olivia brings out a certain emotion. It could range from happiness, to playfulness, and her most popular a seduction look. What I love about her work is the use of fantasy, bold colors, emotion, and the richness of being a woman. I find her work very liberating and pleasing to the eye, she uses women with such power and at the same time vulnerability that I personality would want to see in other females like myself.  Her styles are very versatile, Olivia plays with her imagination one minute using a portrait like style the next using more of an expressive approach. She plays with fantasy as well, for example subjecting her muses as mermaids, cowgirls, pirates, hybrid of an animal of sorts, and characters in stories or legends. Throughout the years I have always wondered why Olivia has never willingly painted men, her first and only had been for ‘Dita Von Teese’s Strip Strip Hooray’ tour which showcased a male French burlesque dancer name Romeo. She had drew him as he was performing his act (More of a James Bond kind of act), since then she has never once drawn a six pack again *laughs*.

  • Another question I would have for Olivia is throughout the years she has had many muses, but why does she most often always seem to go back to Bettie Page?
  • Is there something about her that Olivia just finds inspiration from? If so what?
  • And lastly how does Olivia get her inspiration? Where does she get most of her inspiration from?

Since the 90’s her artwork has grown much, just like any other artist, she has changed her technique and style often. I have noticed quite a pattern with her, in the beginning she started with much pigmentation, using bold colors. Then as the 2000’s hit she gathered much of her inspiration and style from Alberto Vargas, a 1940’s pin-up artist who had lived during the war of WW2 and had painted many successful paintings during that era. His paintings depicted women in a full body pose with a plain white background, but the concept had been quite ‘cheesecake’ meaning very feminine. Later Olivia went back to her color, but with this time more aggression, meaning her color was even more apparent. It wasn’t until last year that I had the privilege to see Olivia’s artwork in person. Dita Von Teese had a special gallery in the waiting room (before the seating for her burlesque show) dedicated to Olivia’s artwork of the show. She had paintings of each one of the performers during their acts, but none were more as extravagant as Dita’s paintings. Olivia’s signature color had made a comeback in her paintings that displayed Dita, maybe she found more of an inspiration within Dita? At the end of it all, Olivia is just one of the many artists out there that find their inspiration within women.

“Men admire imagery of women and women admire imagery of…women.”-Olivia De Berardinis

Olivia De Berardinis official website: http://eolivia.com/index.asp

Art Archives fan page dedicated to Olivia’s early work: http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/pinupart/Olivia-De-Berardinis.html

Some of my favorite Bettie Page Paintings:

http://www.pinupexpo.com/wp-content/gallery/od001/od001-2.jpg

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/39/46/2a/39462a7fdd7a5f6ae9cc5f376642256d.jpg

http://jornalenoticias.com.br/zebeto/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/OLIVIA_img_61.jpg

http://museumviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Bettie-Page-Homa-Nasab-interviews-Olivia-de-Berardinis-PLAYBOYs-Artist-in-Residence-for-MUSEUMVIEWS-4.jpg

Portrait style paintings:

http://www.snappypixels.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/lf.jpg

http://33.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m83q63Z2Xb1rad16bo1_1280.jpg

http://museumviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Homa-Nasab-on-Olivia-de-Berardinis-Bettie-Page-Playboy-Artist-for-MuseumViews.jpg

Expressive style paintings:

http://imamermaid.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/olivia_bern11.jpg

http://imamermaid.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/bettie_mermaid_olivia.jpg

Dita Von Teese Strip Strip Hooray Tour paintings:

http://www.busybeeblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Dita-Von-Teese-Martini-GLass-Olivia-de-b.jpg

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/7b/56/18/7b561863e005a9d429b11bd01d6c4735.jpg

https://eolivia.com/blog/images/Olivia-Dita-10-07-s.jpg

http://eolivia.com/blog/images/Perle%20Noire%20fin.jpg

http://eolivia.com/blog/images/Catherine_D_Lish_fin.jpg

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/34/3a/76/343a7652756881590ea45c3b5deecf2b.jpg

http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/c7/db/5f/c7db5f0cbd11d5fe51389d6a09a0b6fb.jpg

By Beatriz E. Trujillo