One night I had a dream that my body was a paintbrush
and I painted with movement...
Unleashed, unplanned and authentic,
Only to be defined by the moment that encapsulates it.
BODY MEDIUM is dedicated to freedom in the moment
and to the human in motion.
To raw emotional embodiment,
and expressive flow.
This series is dedicated to art.
This series is art.
I am art.
BODY MEDIUM is Annika Rhea's performance painting technique that utilizes the body in motion as a paint brush. This artistic discipline breaks and merges the traditional molds of fine art and dance.
"I’m inspired by the human form as a means of artistic expression. I’ve spent 28 years of my life actively studying various forms of movement and harvesting my fascination with the human body as a vessel of expression, communication and entertainment. I’m most fascinated by the versatility of the body’s ability to embody emotion, shapes, concepts and above all, the body’s innate and primal ability to connect with music.
Each time I watch a strong performer or movement artist, the event is impactful and memorable but fleeting. I created BODY MEDIUM as a way to capture that power and energy emitted and imprint it on canvas to have a life beyond the moment of creation. My paintings map energy, they map movement, they are the imprint of a happening. Each one is unique and cannot be recreated.
I move in the moment, guided by my creative spirit. My dance in the moment is influenced by the energy of my surroundings and my internal state. The range of my work explores emotional states, the energetic composition of destinations, traumas, transitionary periods and the embodiment of concepts, using color as an extension of emotion. Most recently, I’ve been exploring “painting music”, mapping the energetic composition of a musical score interpreted by my body in motion.
My process-oriented work puts the artist at the center of the action painting, what I call immersive action painting. I become immersed in the art as I am creating it and in this way, I become art itself. During the act of creation, there is no separation between me and my work. As I move, I trust in the cross between freedom of expression and the accumulation of technical mastery in every moment of creation.
At the root of it all, I am a performance artist, a painter, a movement artist and the canvas is my stage.
BODY MEDIUM is a living art experience from my soul to yours."