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MauiTime Weekly Features ‘You Cannot Censor the Heart’

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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Body Art Activism | You Cannot Censor the Heart

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ART INSPIRATION

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.

PROCESS

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.

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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

Mahalo to my photographer, Zen Panda

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