Natural body fashion and piercings of the Omo people
With the natural minerals from the earth and surrounding flora, the Omo people decorate their bodies. The natural clays protect them from the sun, insects and are believed to be a deterrent from the supernatural. We in the western world wear tattoos and pierce our bodies.The human race illustrates the deep seated need to adorn ourselves.. Without tv or architecture these people draw upon personal creative resources.
Without social media and architecture, one has to wonder where their sense of color and fashion sense emerge. Notice the piercing of the earlobes. All have significant spiritual meaning.
Today more than ever, fashion, piercing and tattoos exhibit personal and perhaps spiritual expression.
This is the work (on the right) of abstract expressionist,Mark Rothko. He embraced this primitivism because for him creativity came from the soul and he felt the reaction to his work should also come directly from the soul.
The primitive imperfect shapes on the “body canvas’ can be seen in a painting by Robert Motherwell, another abstract expressionist who embraced non representational images to act as a direct path to the heart.