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Can You Spot What's Hiding In These Rocks?

Mar 3, 2016

The following picture might look like nothing more than a pile of rocks, but there's something else hiding in plain sight. Do you see it? No? Look a little closer ...

Amongst all those colorful stones lies a model covered in body paint from head-to-toe. Her skin has been transformed into a canvas, allowing her to fit in seamlessly with the colors and textures that surround her body. The artist behind this piece is a man named Johannes Stötter. Born in Italy, Stötter has made a name for himself with his stunning body paint work. You may even be familiar with his 2013 piece, entitled "Frog," which put him on the map by confounding everyone who looked at it. In addition to body paint, Stötter practices both visual art and music. Neither of these things are just passing fancies, either. Stötter plays violin, bouzouki (a string instrument similar to the mandolin), the whistle, and sings in his Celtic Folk band named "Burning Mind." 

Johannes is a true Renaissance man whose talent is getting the recognition it deserves after many years of hard work. Here at Wimp, we love looking at impressive body paint like this. It makes us question the role the human body can, and should, play in art, as well as our relationship with nature. Artists like Jörg Düsterwald place the focus on nature by using their photography skills, while others, like Kay Pike, take pop culture and role-playing to a whole new level. If you're interested in learning more about body painting, and will be in or around Austria this summer, check out the World Bodypainting Festival, where Johannes will be teaching.

H/T: Can You See It Now? | Johannes Stötter

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