Riina Laine wins body painting world championship
The body paint artist Riina Laine from Helsinki has won gold in the World Bodypainting Festival-contest’s main event. The championship was held between the 29th of June and the 6th of July.
Body painting is the makeup and decoration of the body.
The tools used for it are paint, make-up, brushes, sponges, rollers and pen injectors. It can be done with the help of stencils, and often jewelry, clothing, feathers, laces and sequins.
In Laine’s category there were 70 competitors, 36 of which advanced to the finals. The theme of the last round was Al – Artificial Intelligence, in which Laine painted iLive – iDie, a work of criticism towards smartphones.
“Apps will manage our entire lives in the future,” Laine states. “In my work I pondered whether this is a good thing or if will ultimately transform us into robots.”
The finalists had six hours and 15 minutes to paint their piece. Laine had started practicing for her work since late 2013.
“In the competition the hardest thing for me was managing the time they gave us,” says Laine. “In another setting, the hardest thing about body painting is that you’re working on a live model, who can move and gets cold or sweaty. The ‘disposability’ of this type of art is also exciting, as you have to complete the work in one day.”
Laine has woked as a makeup artist for 13 years. However, she started body painting in 2007 and six months later, she registered into a competition in Austria, where she came in place 34.
“I’ve always liked drawing and painting, and body painting immediately felt like my calling,” she explains. “The body brings my work to life. Another positive aspect of body painting is that it makes people feel comfortable with their body; at first some might feel uneasy with someone painting on them, but later you can see them in front of the mirror looking at the art we’ve made.”
The World Bodypainting Festival was organized for the 17th time, drawing in participants from 47 countries. Last year Laine placed 2nd.