The culmination of a two year collaboration between photographer Colm McCarthy and body artist Dawn Marie Svanoe, "Extinction" is a photographic exhibition which aims to strip away our differences and show the interdependence of human beings.
Inspired by the traditional markings of Brazil's Xingu tribes, the project incorporates disparate individuals from all walks of life, creeds, colors,races, ages and sexes - the young, the old, the "plain", the "pretty", the healthy, the sick, Arab, Jew, black, white, native American, hetero, gay and lesbian - strips them (literally) of their differences, and paints them into a single "tribe" - the tribe of "human being".
Svanoe had to essentially unlearn everything she knows about body art for this project, reverting to a "simple" stick and finger form of paint application, in order to best replicate the traditional tribal feel of the markings.
McCarthy and Svanoe have taken two art forms - body paint and the nude - and combined them into a powerful, tasteful and moving piece of socio-political commentary.
"EXTINCTION" runs at the Common Wealth Gallery, 3rd Floor, 100 South Baldwin, Madison WI 53703 from August 8 through August 19.
There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, August 12 from 8pm to 10pm.
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