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A Fine Art book created by 2 time World Champion bodypaint artist Sofia Bue, using the human body as a medium of storytelling.
A Fine Art book created by 2 time World Champion bodypaint artist Sofia Bue, using the human body as a medium of storytelling.
A Fine Art book created by 2 time World Champion bodypaint artist Sofia Bue, using the human body as a medium of storytelling.
192 backers pledged NZ$ 23,012 to help bring this project to life.

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BODIES OF ART is a collection of works, using the human body as the canvas. 

Created by 2 time World Champion bodypaint artist - Sofia Bue.

Written by Sofia Bue and Ben Egerton.

This unique publication explores the relationship between our mind and the physical world.    

It celebrates life and shows the wonders of the human body.  

It connects contemporary fine art practice with an ancient one, and it asks us to look at the familiar in a new way.

CORROSIVUS. A gradual corruption of materials through a chemical reaction. Scarred and scared, we're sharing this state of mental corrosion. Unsure how to seek help, and unwilling to show weakness, we're often isolated, voiceless, lonely.
CORROSIVUS. A gradual corruption of materials through a chemical reaction. Scarred and scared, we're sharing this state of mental corrosion. Unsure how to seek help, and unwilling to show weakness, we're often isolated, voiceless, lonely.

The artworks ask questions of the viewer: What is beauty? How do our bodies reflect our sense of emotional, mental or spiritual self?  

BODIES OF ART is about capturing a particular thought or emotion, by showing how humans – at their most raw and most vulnerable – shape, and are shaped by, their environments.

"ASOLUCION  is  true  defiance: it s neither  rebellion  nor  disobedience. It’s being able to stand up for what you believe in  regardless of what is thrown at you.  It is the  speaking of truth. It is the power to  challenge and change yourself".
"ASOLUCION is true defiance: it s neither rebellion nor disobedience. It’s being able to stand up for what you believe in regardless of what is thrown at you. It is the speaking of truth. It is the power to challenge and change yourself".

 

book mock up
book mock up

 

book mock up
book mock up

 

BODIES OF ART is built around a collection of works, each telling their own story, combining a range of emotions. 

Unlike traditional fine art, body art has undefined boundaries. A piece of paper has finite space. A painting is finished when the borders are reached.  But body painting, using the human body – in all its custom-made beauty – has no limits; 

The canvas is always changing as the body moves.

Atmospheric behind-the-scenes images and thoughts from the artist bring the creation of each image to life, and give insight into the process.
Atmospheric behind-the-scenes images and thoughts from the artist bring the creation of each image to life, and give insight into the process.

 

'KHAOS' is a place of potential. From chaos comes creativity. Out of uncertainty comes invention. Coming through circumstances of personal chaos brings us to solid ground. The journey gives us the strength and confidence to stand up for ourselves.
'KHAOS' is a place of potential. From chaos comes creativity. Out of uncertainty comes invention. Coming through circumstances of personal chaos brings us to solid ground. The journey gives us the strength and confidence to stand up for ourselves.

  

My name is Sofia. I'm a fine art artist who uses the human body as my canvas. With paint I create living pieces of art.

Though I'm a body artist, I prefer to call myself a visual storyteller - because every artwork tells a story and has so many layers, that it's easy to lose yourself in it.  

I have been working on BODIES OF ART for the past 3 years, and I'm so excited to finally share this project with the world.

Through my job at Weta Workshop I have contributed to films such as The Hobbit, Chappie, Thunderbirds are GO, Power Rangers and most recently Ghost in the Shell.

In terms of both my work at Weta Workshop and my private work, I feel extremely privledged to be able to do something I love every day. When your passion becomes your job, you never really feel like you are working. It is a lifestyle more than anything else.

I hope that you will see my passion and dedication when you open BODIES OF ART. I hope you will relate to the artworks and their stories, and I hope that you will make them your own.

You can read more about me and my journey here.

 

On set of EQUILIBRIUM
On set of EQUILIBRIUM

 

These artworks aren’t limited to what’s painted on the bodies; what makes Bodies of Art different is the unique collaboration between photographers, stylists and models to produce each image. 

I feel grateful to all the amazing people that have come together to make my vision a reality. 

On set of EPHEMERA
On set of EPHEMERA

Collaborating with so many people - all experts in their field, has made this project much bigger than I could have ever imagined. 

More than 40 people have come together in the making of this book.

With co-writer Ben Egerton and layout artist Monique Hamon
With co-writer Ben Egerton and layout artist Monique Hamon

 

We've chosen to self publish because we want to be in complete control of the final book, how it looks and how it's presented to the world. We need the quality of the book to reflect the quality of the artworks inside it.

Kickstarter allows us to reach out to fellow artists and art lovers, inviting them to join us on this journey.

All the creative content for the book has already been completed, and the funds from Kickstarter will cover the final stages of the layout process, as well as printing and shipping. 

EPHEMERA; Things that last no longer than a day. What the mayfly achieves in her final day may seem inconsequential, but for her it’s everything. Nature is redemptive. With death comes new life and time is not an issue. It’s what we do with it that counts
EPHEMERA; Things that last no longer than a day. What the mayfly achieves in her final day may seem inconsequential, but for her it’s everything. Nature is redemptive. With death comes new life and time is not an issue. It’s what we do with it that counts

 

These mock up designs gives a sneak peek into the book, and an easy overview of available rewards. Please also check out the specifications at the bottom. 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Serious Collector includes a sculpture based on the image EQUILIBRIUM - which means a balance of opposing forces, and symbolised love and harmony.

 The Serious Collector is extremely limited - only 25 copies available.

Each will be numbered and signed and they will be allocated in the same order as the pledges are received. For instance if you are backer number 7, you will receive copy number 7 out of 25.

What makes this reward extra special is that the sculpture will be created throughout the campaign and I will send you regular progress photos. Not only will you be supporting this creation - you will be a direct part of it. 

 The Weta Workshop Edition offers a unique opportunity to visit Weta Workshop and be taken on a guided experience by one of our spezialised tour guides. I will join your tour and you can ask myself and our tour guide all of your burning questions - Where did the name Weta come from? How many movies have we worked on? How do people get a job here? 

Then sit back and watch as I re-create one of the characters from the book, while I talk about what it means to be an artist at Weta Workshop. This will be an interactive experience and you will even have the opportunity to pick up the brush for yourself if you like.

Receive your Art Prints in person, and have it signed by me and other team members. The book will be sent to your home address free of charge, as soon as it arrives from the printers. 

*Product Specifications*

Acknowledgement in the book means that your name will be printed on a special "Thank You" page in the back of all books. 

The Book will be 150+ pages, printed on 157gsm matt art paper, inside a hardback cover with embossed title. It will measure 240mm x 300mm and weigh approx. 1,3 kg.

The Sculpture will be created during the campaign, so specifications are only estimates at this point. It will measure approx. 250mm x 150mm x 100mm. It will be cast in a hard resin and painted with a bronze finish. It will weigh approx. 500g.

Art Prints are printed on high quality matt photo rag paper. They are presented in a black or white passe-partout frame, and measures 250mm x 320mm. 
You will have a choice between the following images, but you don't have to make your final choice until the end of the campaign.
(We will send out a survey to collect people's print choices)  

 

Risks and challenges

Our fulfilment programme has been carefully planned so we are confident that we can deliver on our promises.

We are teaming up with several fulfilment center across the world, and we have set up a plan to ensure your reward will get to you in the best and fastest possible way.

All the content for ‘Bodies Of Art’ is already completed. When funded, all that remains is a final design pass, printing, shipping and distribution.

The delivery time from our print house is approx. 10 weeks after we press 'order', which means the books should arrive on your doorstep in September/October. The individual prints might arrive earlier.

If there should be are any significant design changes or any unforeseen complications we will keep all backers informed via Kickstarter and through our social media network.
Our greatest challenge will be unforeseen issues, things beyond our direct control, for example a delay in shipping.

Please note that taxes and fees vary by country.
We will do what we can at our end to keep the shipping costs as low as possible for individual backers, but be aware that international orders may still be required to pay an import tax to your home country.
Books generally have a very low % VAT, and in many countries non at all.

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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $17

    Part of the Team

    Acknowledgement in the book.
    Your name will be printed on the 'thank you'
    page in the book.

    A digital copy of one of the Chapters from the book.

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories.

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    • Digital copy of one of the Chapters from the book.
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    The Art Lover

    1 art print of your choice, with accompaying art statement.
    Printed on high quality matt photo rag paper.
    Presented in black or white passe-partout frame.

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories + acknowledgement in the book.

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    • 1 Bodies of Art Print
    • Acknowledgement in the book
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    Pledge NZ$ 85 or more About $59

    The Book Lover

    Receive the Bodies of Art Book for NZ$85
    (Future RRP NZ$ 110)

    150+ pages, printed on thick matt art paper in a printed hard cover, with embossed title.

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories. + Acknowledgement in the book.

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    The Special Edition

    The Bodies of Art book, along with 1 art print of your choice.

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories + acknowledgement in the book.

    Includes:
    • Bodies of Art book
    • 1 Bodies of Art Print
    • Acknowledgement in the book
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    The Twin Pack

    Share the love. Get your own copy of the book + 1 extra copy you can gift to a friend.

    Save $10 on the second book + only pay once for shipping.

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    • Acknowledgement in the book
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    Pledge NZ$ 260 or more About $180

    The Collector's Edition

    The Bodies of Art book, along with 2 art prints of your choice.
    Presented in a custommade Clam Shell box, with embossed title.

    This edition also include a SIGNATURE CARD, signed by Sofia Bue, Ben Egerton and 3 more team members (Photographers and/or Models)

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories + acknowledgement in the book.

    Includes:
    • Bodies of Art book
    • 2 Bodies of Art prints
    • Custommade Clam Shell box, with embossed Title
    • Acknowledgement in the book
    • Signature Card
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    The Serious Collector

    EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter

    Bodies of Art SCULPTURE, numbered and extremely limited.
    As well as the Bodies of Art book, 2 art prints of your choice in passe-partout frames -
    presented in a custommade Clam Shell box, with embossed title.

    This reward includes a SIGNATURE CARD, signed by Sofia Bue, Ben Egerton and 3 more team members (Photographers and/or Models)

    *The SCULPTURE measures approx. 250mm x 150mm x 100mm. It will be cast in a hard resin with a painted bronze finish.

    Each sculpture will be numbered and signed and they will be allocated in the same order as the pledges are received. For instance if you are backer number 7, you will receive copy number 7 out of 25.

    FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos and stories + acknowledgement in the book.

    Includes:
    • Bodied of Art SCULPTURE
    • Bodies of Art book
    • 2 Bodies of Art prints
    • Custommade Clam Shell box, with embossed Title
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    Pledge NZ$ 1,275 or more About $882

    The Weta Workshop Edition

    EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter

    WETA WORKSHOP experience and guided tour + Exclusive Body Art demonstration!

    This reward also includes a Collector's Edition: Bodies of Art book + 2 Prints + Clamshell Box.

    Come on a VIP experience with one of Weta's specialized tour guides, for you + 1.
    Then sit back and watch as I recreate one of my Bodies of Art Characters while I talk about what it means to be an artist at Weta Workshop.

    This event takes place Friday 16th June 2017.

    *please note*

    - This is a very exclusive event - only available via kickstarter and reward is limited to 10 only.

    - Each backer gets a +1 so you can bring someone along for the experience and demo

    - You must make your own way to Wellington, NZ. Flights and accomodation is not included.

    - You will receive your art prints in person on the day of your event, and your book will be sent to you later.
    FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED.

    You will also receive exclusive backers-only updates, including behind the scenes photos, and stories + acknowledgement in the book.

    Includes:
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    • Bodies of Art book
    • 1 Bodies of Art Print
    • Custommade Clam Shell box, with embossed Title
    • Acknowledgement in the book
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