Artist Gesine Marwedel paints mammals and birds on contorted human canvases.

25-year-old surrealistic and realistic German artist Gesine Marwedel has a gift for shape shifting human bodies into elaborate animals with her brushstrokes.

Paintings are commonly associated with canvas paintings, but thinking outside of the box Marwedel contributes to the revival of the ancient art of body painting called Henna. It just so happens that Henna art is growing more popular in contemporary times, particularly as tattoos.

Images of flamingos, swans, and dolphins are painted onto the bodies of Marwedel’s canvases, who are performance artists themselves. These living canvases contort their bodies to capture the shape and likeness of the animals that Marwedel has painted on them. Marwedel explains her theory of the body and its relationship to the animals she paints on them and writes,

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