Champion of Living Art America 2016 Professional  

This are so amazing news:

We got first place at the ‘Living Art America’ 2016 Bodypainting Championship Professional Category.


photos by Julie Boehm, Joashua Macias, Rick Badillo , Dmitri Moisseev,…

The theme of the competition was ‘The Face of Change’ – here is the interpretation . Big thanx to Kelly Jordan Nelson for her ideas to create and artwork with message- meaning for more awareness in the world!

THE FACE OF CHANGE AT STANDING ROCK

“Resistance, Unity and Mass Consciousness”

The history of America has two faces, the one in American history books and the less told version of a first people who lived sustainably on this land for centuries before invasion and genocide rendered them broken, silenced and pushed into obscurity. 

Today, as we speak, the largest gathering of indigenous tribes in recorded history (over 200 tribes) have assembled to fight against the Dakota Pipeline which threatens the water supply and the great Missouri River. 

Standing Rock is more than just a fight to stop the pipeline, it is a fight to preserve the Indigenous way of life— a way of life that seeks to live in unity with the elements, not to profit from them.

Water is life, not a business.

Standing Rock symbolizes a story of change in America, an entire race of peoples’ fight to change their future, and a fight for our Earth who’s inhabitants are ALL natives.    

Standing Rock is the face of change in real time, right now, TODAY!

Description

FRONT OF MODEL:

Headdress:

Dream Catcher: Represents the hopes and dreams like stars in the universe

Praying Lady: Represents the indigenous spirituality that is entwined with our Earth Mother

Mount Rushmore: / juxtaposition of two faces and two histories of our nation

Pipes: Black pipes represent the Dakota oil pipeline. The gold “oil” inside represents the money greed that drives mankind to rape the Earth of her resources for profit

Model Face and Neck:

Tears: Represents the “great sadness” that began with the Historical “Trail of Tears” in 1838-1839 where tribes were rounded up and marched across the country to reservations. Countless lives were lost on the trail. The gold tone of the tears symbolizes the sadness over the continued greed that pollutes the Earth and pushes the tribes people into despair.

Stones with woman: According to Sioux tribal spiritual legend, within the Black Hills of South Dakota lies the “heart of the Earth”. The current Standing Rock movement is based in this sacred space. The woman shown is literally “standing on a rock” inside a symbolic circle of stones that represents the “Sacred Stone Camp” which the central camp inside the movement at Standing Rock. She sends her hope rising for a brighter future shaped by a collective memory etched in communal stone which can be passed down to the next Seven Generations.

Model Shoulders:

Pipes: These represent the destructive burrowing into the Earth of the Dakota pipeline

Model Chest and Body:

White Buffalo Face: Native Americans see the birth of a white buffalo calf as the sign to begin life’s sacred hoop believing it will bring about purity of mind, body, and spirit and unify all nations—black, red, yellow, and white.
It is a symbol of hope and and indication that great change is to come. This buffalo is split in half representing death brought by environmental destruction or life brought on by positive change.

Child Face: This is the universal child bathing in water, the symbol of life. The child represents the future waiting to be born.

Eagle Heads: Another symbolic split between death and life…if we don’t make change, death will take flight.

Native American Face Coin: Represents choice…and a split outcome. One choice brings death and destruction, the other life and renewal.

Model’s Arms:

Water polluted by oil and tainted by gold representing greed

BACK:

American Flag / Eagle Face: Symbolizes American strength

Leaves and Woman: She is the face of the Earth Mother in the tribal paint worn when tribe members are seeking guidance for the future. She is being restrained and her voice silenced by the hands of greed sprouting from the pipeline.

Hourglass: Time is running out as greed has a firm grip on our Earth, crushing the life out of her. Oil drips from the destroyed Earth onto the pristine native lands. The roots of history grow down around the hourglass.

Model Legs:

The native people call the pipeline the “black snake”. The entwined snakes and pipelines represent the invasive black snake taking over the land.

 

Standing Rock is the face of change in real time, right now, TODAY!

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