Body Artist Brings Yoga Animals To Life On Human Canvas

Body Artist Brings Yoga Animals To Life On Human Canvas


COMM: Artist Emma Fay and a team of incredibly patient models have blended yoga and body
paint with spectacular results. EMMA FAY: I work with three models and we chose them because they are yoga practitioners
and yogis and the work takes about a day to produce, but there is a lot of research involved.
We have to test the poses to find the right angle to shoot the work and stay also true
to the yoga pose itself. COMM: Transforming models into ten different animals and plants, the project explored the
origins of yoga, creating a visual representation of a set of poses. EMMA FAY: In previous series I’d look at how to play with the human form to create
some of these illusions and in this series I wanted to challenge myself a bit further
and see if it was possible to take existing poses and descriptive ideas and find ways
to capture this sort of beautiful, visual art form. COMM: The project titled ‘Union Of Yoga’ was captured by photographer Jonathan McCauley. EMMA FAY: I became interested in body art as I love its temporary nature and the challenges
of painting a human canvas. Part of the appeal of creating the artwork is the illusion quality
and the human element as its origins, evolutions and mindsets, how we think that I find fascinating
and inspiring. EMMA FAY: There were two pieces that used two models and one of these was probably my
favourite, which was the piece of the peepal tree. This is the tree that Buddha is said
to have sat under when he gained enlightenment.