Body Painting — "Filles d'Ariane" Project

Filles d’Ariane is a collaboration project with photographer Patrice Delmotte. It is the continuation of my early works where I explored the graphic properties of mazes and labyrinths, but this time using body painting techniques.

Patrice is a French photographer based in Taipei, Taiwan, who specialises in nude photography. His signature style is an exquisite blend of chiaroscuro and movement, which can be generated either by drapes or by the model herself. He works with dancers not only in Taipei but also in Bali where he travels regularly.

For this project, we needed a way to draw on the model's body detailed and complexe mazes, which would eventually look like tattoos, or, like a mysterious affliction spreading on the skin in the shape of a maze (not sure if the Blob Experiment was an unconscious influence here). Drawing a maze takes time. Hours. So I needed an effective tool to draw as fast as possible for the model's comfort. And the best tool I found for this was eye liner. Eye liner' brushes can draw thin and precise line, has a strong resistance to sweat and rubs, while still easy to remove with the right lotion.

The project was finally turned into a high quality book, available online.

Ariadne, Princess of Knossos and half-sister of the dreaded Minotaur, is often referred to as the Mistress of the Labyrinth in ancient myths. With this project, we wanted to create an original and intriguing mysterious world where the sensual daughters of Ariadne continue to protect the secrets of the Labyrinth from the outside world. 

“I am Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, Princess of Knossos, and my guilt and shame will not let me rest, even in death. For I did a terrible thing; I abandoned my family, betrayed my father and king, and slew my own brother, all for love of a man who used me and didn’t want me."

Ali Issac