Body Paint (2009) by Abie Loy Kemarre

Body Paint - Abie Loy Kemarre - 2009

Artwork Information

TitleBody Paint
ArtistAbie Loy Kemarre
Art MovementNative Art
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About Body Paint

“Body Paint” is an abstract artwork created by artist Abie Loy Kemarre in 2009. As part of the Native Art movement, this piece embodies the stylistic features and cultural significance associated with this artistic tradition.

The artwork is characterized by a dense array of intricate geometric patterns that create a vibrant, tessellated appearance across the canvas. The composition consists of small, rectangular motifs with rounded edges, each filled with different colors and varying designs. The array of rectangles forms an almost rhythmic pattern, suggesting a complex and dynamic surface throughout the work.

The color palette is rich and varied, featuring bold reds, yellows, blacks, and whites, with occasional hues of blue and orange. This use of contrasting colors adds depth to the piece and emphasizes the individual elements within the aggregate pattern. The repetition and variation of the rectangles evoke a sense of traditional motifs, which might be drawn from the artist’s cultural heritage, bearing semblance to ceremonial body paint designs or intricate markings that carry specific meanings within the artist’s community.

“Body Paint” effectively blends contemporary abstract expression with cultural motifs, likely reflecting the artist’s own connection to her indigenous roots and the broader context of Native Art. The work invites viewers to consider the relationship between abstract art and traditional symbolism, as well as the ways in which cultural identity can be expressed and preserved through visual means.

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