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Melissa Faithful for Art-Sheep

“Illustrated People” is a project that turns painful sunburns into imaginative artworks. Combining the surface of the human body with already existing negatives of photographs Thomas Mailaender creates bizarre, but stunning results.

Being a manufactured process in its total, this unique form of expression uses UV light to develop the negatives on the skin. After placing the photographs on the designated area, the artist shines the UV light onto the subject’s skin and reproduces the image. Reminding one of a temporary tattoo, this unconventional form of art draws the viewer attention because of the juxtaposition of something beautiful that comes out of something painful.

Combining the conceptual with the physical, this beautiful project redefines photography and tattoo art, with its temporary nature becoming a beautiful process of the artwork disappearing from the subject’s body.

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