Model in Wheelchair being painted by make up artist.
Bodypainting can be viewed as a form of public performance art.
In Washington Square Park gives models the opportunity to embrace themselves and to use their bodies to become living art. Unlike what people might expect from a body painting event, the models are ordinary people, ranging in age, size and gender. Models take great pride standing in public as they are. By holding the event as a full nude event, we remove the shame often associated with our bodies and show the distinction between nudity and sexuality.
The public gets to see all types of bodies, which is especially important since the perception of the human form is twisted by advertising and the media, which is the source of anxiety for so many of us.
Body Painting celebrates the unique art form and promotes artistic expression, body acceptance and human connection through art - It’s about artistic expression of many artists all at once, each with their own unique approach.