THE AFRICAN BODY ADORNMENT  
THE AFRICAN BODY ADORNMENT PROJECT focuses on how the use of various methods and different materials defined as “adornment, body marking, and body art,” have informed and shaped our historical and contemporary perceptions of the African body,,, ADORNMENT: Nature’s Touch of Beauty Featured on this Living Sculpture, the body is painted and adorned with copper colored and green tones which spread across the vast landscape of the African continent. Subtle statements of beauty are made with carefully placed facial markings, and other “jewelry” worn to accentuate and draw attention to certain areas of the body. MDUBA Associates / Living Sculpture Model: Kyra Taylor Body Adornment Artist: Rozenia Johnson, African Body Adornment Project / MDUBA Associates Photo: Maurice Sanders ADORNMENT of COLOR Colors, whether softly muted or bold and striking, have played a powerful role in defining various cultures throughout the African Diaspora. Followers of such religions as Santeria in Cuba, and Ifa in West Africa, wear the colors of their specific orishas (spirit force) to help guide them, while the Ndebele women of South Africa wear vivid beaded waist covers and neckpieces. Shown here backstage at the 2013 WALK Fashion Show, our adorned Living Sculpture is being prepared to “interpret” that rich, bold colorful palette in honor of ourselves. MDUBA Associates / Living Sculpture Model : Sheryl Gordon Body Adornment Artist: Rozenia Johnson, African Body Adornment Project / MDUBA Associates Photo: WPMG Photography
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Kyra Taylor
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Sheryl Gordon backstage at 2013 WALK Fashion Show


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