Man and nature. Can they ever co-exist in peace? In French-born photographer Jean-Paul Bourdier’s Bodyscapes series, the answer seems to be ‘yes’. What Bourdier does is to paint his human subjects’ bodies so that they seamlessly blend into their natural surroundings like chameleons. The result? Extremely poetic.
We mainly focus on recreating lost, stolen, unknown, destroyed or otherwise unpopular paintings usually found in museum storage facilities on the human body. Each resurrected painting takes anywhere from eight to fifteen hours to create onto Chadwick’s body, then it is documented with photography. Recently, we’ve begun creating plaster casts of the Chadwick’s body. We use the casts to extend our working space.