With summer around the corner even though I am all set for pool parties and the cool drinks the one thing that I can never get used to are sunburns! I mean the red patches on the skin are just too disturbing both visually and physically. However, have you ever thought that these sunburns could be used to make something artistic? No? Well then you have never witnessed the work of this wonderful artist Thomas Mailaender.
In his 128-page publication, called ‘Illustrated people’ published in the year 2014, this French Artist took art to a whole new level. He applied 23 original negatives on the skin of his model and then projected UV light on them. He then took photographs of these traces right before the original sunlight made them disappear. What really adds to this project apart from it being photographs being sunburnt on human bodies is that the images that the photographs that he used to get the trace on the human body were all in the form of negatives from the Archive of Modern Conflict. This archive was established in the 1990s and has materials that mostly relate to war and history. While their collection has been published several times, this is the first time it has been so creatively used on the human body.
The photographs can be seen on the various body parts of his subjects like their hands, back, stomach. Though he implements a wide variety of techniques like collage and installation, ceramic and many more diverse forms, what really stood out was his sunburn art.
While we get an all time irritation from sunburns, the very fact that someone can look at a sunburn and think that something creative can be made out of it, isn’t it just marvellous?
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