Hawaii Nei, or Big Island, as many term it in the State of Hawaii, was host to some of my body painting this past week on Apr.7th, 2017.
I often get asked to paint for corporate clients, and a wonderful company that I work with on Maui is Envisions Entertainment. They have always supported my body painting art with enthusiasm and excitement.
We recently worked together to create several awesome surfer girl and surfer guy beach murals- inspired by famous surf spots around the world. It was awesome to work with a great team of local artists and models here in Hawaii. With that, we were able to literally capture ‘mural-like’ windows on the fronts and backs of the models that projected imagery that reflected relaxing beaches and surfers gazing into the sunset.
Thank you Hawaii for always inspiring me…
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The process leading up to the Maui Time Weekly independent newspaper article featuring my political body painting piece, ‘You Cannot Censor the Heart,’ was a soul searching and exciting process. Spurred on by the U.S. election, I created a bodypaint piece that spoke to people on a deep emotional level. For me body painting has taken on an important sense of activist expression-unseen in my prior works until this year.
It was a challenge to push my artistic abilities beyond what I had previously done before. However, I felt that the passion and urgency I was embodying, helped me to create a deeply moving piece that actually helped my talent to soar.
When one’s heart is in the piece one is creating… the muse comes through to help it along. Especially, when art makes commentary on such universal truths as this piece does. Im honored to count this work as one of my best, and I truly hope it continues to inspire people for many years to come.
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I was inspired by the recent political environment in the U.S. and around the world as well as the situation at Standing Rock. The very act of body painting is in itself a revolutionary and evolutionary process that is necessary to the healing of the human psyche. Body art activism has my heart and soul now.
I have felt all my life this very sentiment of people asking me to ‘censor’ my intensity and my heart on a wide variety of subject matters. The events of the last month have inspired me to no longer censor myself and encourage others to express themselves and their feelings concerning the human state on this planet.
My model Alex and I met up and painted the image in 2 and half hours. I wanted to capture the raw immediacy of the heart coupled with humans’ sad needs to censor other humans’ actions, feelings and behavior. I used brush and sponge techniques. Everything is hand done and painted. I wanted to create the illusion that the model is censored yet literally ripping her heart out of her chest using illusion of highlights and shading to portray a cavity in the body through body painting only.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR RACHEL
What’s next is will be a litany of powerful body painted images bringing to light the vast injustices and issues going on in this country and the world related to women’s rights, environmental causes, lgbtq rights and more.
CALL TO ACTION
Now is the time for artists to be healers as we always have. It is time to highlight the private human processes into a public spotlight that only images can have a visceral effect upon our consciousness. Pictures truly speak to the soul.
With Aloha, Rachel 12/7/2016
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July 26, 2014
30 artists painting 40 fully nude models, including Rachel Deboer, in the NYC streets! Events all DAY long… and at NIGHT an amazing after party!
Kryolan Professional Make-Up
Jerry’s International Palette Shop
Young Naturists America
Craig Tracy’s Painted Alive Gallery