A mouth is a mouth is a mouth. NOT
Berlin photographer Marius Sperlich’s stories revolve around not nature, or people, or monuments, or anything conventional; they revolve around the most individual aspect of ourselves – our very own bodies.
When you scroll through Sperlich’s instagram, you’ll come across a variety of lips and mouths. What is so special about this? Don’t may artists use the human body as the subject?
Sperlich doesn’t use the human body as the subject, but as a canvas
It’s not the lips or the mouths, per se, that we are interested in. It’s what’s going on inside and around them that catches our attention. The female body, in particular, stands away from objectification and steps closer to serious issues.
The mouth opens as the lips part…
And a masterpiece is revealed. Every. Single. Time.
Using makeup, paint, glitter, and tiny figurines as the subjects, Marius Sperlich manipulates the mouth and lips for storytelling. One of the most beautiful and complicated mouth-art is a part of Surrealism – an open mouth full of blues, three clouds almost floating – as we lay mesmerized by the stunning beauty of our world.
The tales these mouths tell…
The silent mouths scream stories. Can you hear them?
Even though sometimes his art is for its own sake, these creations often tell stories of much greater significance.
Take Global Warming, for example. A polar bear skids on melted ice. The tongue is the snow water, the drool – melted water flowing. Or a space expedition where astronauts emerge from the mouth in space. Or celebrating friendship and love.
But mouths aren’t the only things Sperlich works with
Figures, figurines, paint, and other quotidian things, with the human body as the canvas and the background is what grabbed Sperlich a photoshoot for the Playboy magazine.
His art promotes body positivity and breaks stereotypes – challenging you to shift your perspective in order to come to terms with the power of the sublunary.
Sperlich says he had always wanted to do something with the camera. As a child and young adult, he wanted to work in films, but they didn’t think his work was good enough. And now he has found his true calling, his peculiar art form that we’ve fallen in love with. Guess it all worked out for the better, eh?
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