drawing challenge: TATTOO
it took me hours of frustration to make this picture....
i chose the theme TATTOO after reading this sentence
'skin was the first canvas for art'
the maori, my subject, treat the body like a piece of wood
they use a small bone-cutting tool to carve intricate shallow grooves
this art form has been practiced for over a thousand years
it was used as a form of identification, with regards to rank,
genealogy, tribal history, beauty and virility
the lines of a moko accentuate the lines of the face to emphasise the expression
maori woman were traditionally only allowed to be tattooed on
their lips, around the chin and sometimes nostrils
a woman with full blue lips was seen as very beautiful
so that is what i have tried to make
a picture of me as a maori woman with a chin moko
taken around 1890 ;^))
for more TATTOO's please visit these fine blogs of:
Nadine, Ariane, Susan Christensen, Barbara bee,
Tania, Annton Beate Schmidt, Kristen,
Tammie, Stefanie and Rachel!
and without the moko
can you see the headache?....
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