Blending into Backgrounds

by Farra

Recently Jarret and I have gotten into a new show on the SyFy channel: Face Off.  It’s a reality show featuring movie makeup artists competing to be the best and win a bunch of prizes.  Jarret likes it because he’s an independent filmmaker whose recent projects have included monsters, horror and gore, and zombies, so he likes the movie makeup aspect… And I, well let’s face it I’ll pretty much watch any reality show with the exception of Dog the Bounty Hunter.

The most recent episode was about body painting – contestants had to paint two models, one as a character and one to completely blend into a background (a large-scale blown up image of their choosing, a pool scene for example).  I thought the concept of painting a person to blend into a background was cool, but the contestants’ work was just okay.  Then, while browsing the internet, I came across the amazing work of Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes.

“The illusion of ‘disappearing’ into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now ‘part of the landscape’ in her quest of belonging.  The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin.” -Cecilia Paredes

Pretty spectacular, no?

{Images and quote found here}