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Intricate Face Paint Explores The Many Stages Of Reincarnation [Video]

Using face paint, a mirror, and a camera, Allen documents each stage of reincarnation in self-portrait stop motion film.

Daniela Walker
Daniela Walker on November 13, 2013. @emptyofpocket

Artist Emma Allen works in a variety of mediums, from needlework and animation to face and body painting. Inspired by the idea of rebirth, Allen create a short film, Ruby with her own face as the canvas to explore the themes of life, death and life again.
The self-portrait film begins with Allen bare faced and transitions through ageing, eventual death and her reincarnation into a tiger. With the transformation occurring solely on her face using makeup, it is an impressive endeavour, especially when she transforms into the cosmos after ‘death.’ Allen was inspired by her great-aunt who lived in Sri Lanka and who died earlier this year at the age of 94. Allen tells PSFK:

She was a Buddhist and the idea of ‘samsara’ (death and rebirth) was part of her life. The  film is  a meditation on that philosophy, a way for me to deal with her passing and honouring my beautiful, great-aunt Ruby.

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