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Gesine Marwedel Takes Advantage of the Human Form

Many artists rarely leave the comforts of the canvas, but German artist Gesine Marwedel cannot be counted among them. The photographs feature here, shot by Thomas van de Wall, demonstrate just how at home she is with the human form.

A flat rectangle or square makes a good surface to paint on. Its regularity allows artists to realize their designs and thoughts with little interruption. However, a canvas cannot contort and express itself as can the body.

Marwedel takes advantage of such dynamic expressiveness to create paintings that realize their muses through various poses of the human body. For instance, in one piece, Marwedel has painted herself to resemble the patterns and colors found on a flamingo; she poses in such a way that her hand looks like the bird's head while her leg resembles that of a flamingo's.