(IKB) - Body print into landscape

The video reflects on the trace of human body into landscape and organic material. On it, Marcy Petit uses different part of her own body to imprint objects.

The piece is a reference to Yves Klein's work Anthropometry, in which the artist used naked women as ‘human paintbrushes’, creating paintings that were results of elaborate performances in front of an audience. To Klein, the female figure was the canon of human proportion, an anthropometric symbol that he described as "the most concentrated expression of vital energy imaginable".

The same blue colour used by him (International Klein Blue IKB) is used by Marcy Petit as she becomes a human paintbrush too.

However, this video is also a critic of Klein’s action. In contrast to his work, this project is performed without any audience. By using her own body into a natural landscape, Marcy Petit is empowering herself as her own model and her own paintbrush.

The result might then no longer relate to Klein's concept of "the ideal" but to a self feminine empowerment.

  • Marcy Petit
  • AADK Residency Program - Blanca (Spain)
    Maria Luc, Camera operator
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    9 minutes 44 seconds
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    November 23, 2019
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    100 EUR
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Director Biography - Marcy Petit

As a young mixed-media artist, Marcy Petit pursues a multidisciplinary plastic work. Videos, photographs, performances, sound recordings, installations ... compose a multidisciplinary practice.
She made an important research about relational art. Today, she continues to explore this notion within the conception of several new artworks. The devices she uses seek to give voice to the “normal” or “seemingly ordinary” people.
She also first developed a practice oriented to the “performing action”. This artistic medium represents an important part of her artistic work by using her own body as a medium in her work and in performances. She has therefore generated a series of works making a feminine stance.

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