BODY ART

 

Founder Boyarde Messenger is a world-renowned British artist whose creative origins lie in her fascination with the power of the female form and the pleasure of looking: Scopophilia.

Black Mamba, 2010

Limited Edition of 5
Photographic Archival Print

Inspired by the world’s most venomous snake, this body art evokes female empowerment as ‘she’, who represents the ‘snake’, embraces her power over those who watch and fear her narcissistic gaze within her. Hand-painted and photographed by Boyarde on location in Placencia, Belize.

Hibiscus, 2009

Limited Edition of 5
Photographic Archival Print

The Hibiscus flower, elegantly climbing the body, created the perfect symbiosis between the environment and Boyarde’s muse, allowing her model to possess her femininity and sexual identity through the body art. Hand-painted and photographed by Boyarde on location in Placencia, Belize.

Monsoon Kwila Indigo Foil, 2010

Limited Edition of 5
Photographic Archival Print

This is a hand drawn stencil, inspired by various patterns found in oriental and middle-eastern designs. The final result is reminiscent of a hand-crafted batik. The title combines Indian Monsoon’s with seasonal winds from the Arabian Sea, and Kwila wood, a durable, yet increasingly rare tree with flecks of gold running through its grain. The colour instantly connects Boyarde with childhood memories of picking out Quality Street chocolates with the purple foil wrappers.

Baang Baang Baang 2013

Limited Edition of 10
Photographic Archival Print

Inspired by Lichtenstein and his appropriation art of everyday imagery, this piece mischievously plays on vintage comic strips that conveyed women at extreme ends of the spectrum. Women of either super-human strength, aggression and sexualised hostility, or vulnerable and helpless in search of ‘Prince Charming’.