16 Mar The Forest Monster and My Transformation
For Bendita’s Spring Tattoo Moda Weekend, Myrna Camacho, owner of Bendita, invited me to perform. Mariano Ramirez, a sculptor from Mexico City, painted me live for over 6 hours to produce the Forest Monster. Once they turned me into the Spring-themed creature of Myrna’s and Mariano’s imagination, I danced. It was an incredible experience.
The product of an enchanted forest, every part of the body paint and costuming represented the woods and the power of nature. Particular detail was paid to the gloves, made of intricately woven branches, and the headdress – which was an unbelievable work of art. Full of texture – plant matter, leaves, moss and sticks – and sculpted to perfection, this was quite possibly the greatest piece of costuming I have ever used.
Here are some process shots leading up to my final transformation into the forest monster.
What does the enchanted forest represent? Possibly danger or adventure, though more commonly a hidden refuge, protection from evil and magic. My character, inspired by the mythical Faun, was mischievous, playful and representative of the places that are still wild in the world. I thought it was fitting 🙂