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

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:

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