A real body of work, artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
Carla Gouws from South Africa poses with model Corina during the World Bodypainting Festival 2018 in Klagenfurt, Austria, July 13, 2018. Reuters
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Klagenfurt: Austrian model Corina gave her body as a canvas and patiently stood for six hours in order to be transformed into a blue Egyptian goddess for the annual World Body Painting Festival.

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
A model performs during the World Bodypainting Festival 2018 in Klagenfurt, Austria. Reuters

"I visited the festival last year and during the presentation of the models I got goosebumps, so I decided to be part of it," she told Reuters at the festival in Klagenfurt, southern Austria, which attracts thousands of visitors.

Corina was painted from head to toe. Yellow and black boots covered her blue legs which were detailed with gold hieroglyphics above her knee.

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
Make-up artist Jonathan Pavan from Brazil works on model Thiago. Reuters

An orange chest plate covered her torso with a blue beetle climbing from her belly towards a large gold necklace.

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
An artist paints a model. Reuters

Corina was painted by South African Carla Gouws, a 20-year-old debut artist who only took up body painting last year.

She was entered in the Brush and Sponge competition, one of 12 categories in the four-day festival which has been running for 21 years and attracts more than 200 artists from 50 countries.

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
Model Corina painted by Carla Gouws from South Africa. Reuters

Brazilian duo Jonathon Pavan and Alisson Rodrigues entered the team competition and turned model Thiago into a mixture of colourful animals for their work titled "culture of the world".

Thiago had dragon heads attached to his shoulders, an elephant head painted on his chest with various animal prints on his legs.

A real body of work: artists ditch canvases for humans at art festival
Artists paint a model. Reuters

German body painter Enrico Lein, 47, a past champion, said painting on people was tricky.

"Every subject is new, is a new challenge because each body is different," he told Reuters while finishing his work, a stone statue with roses.

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