Invisibility occurs when an object cannot be seen. An object in this state is referred to as being ‘invisible.’ We often hear the term used in fantasy or science fiction, where things or even people are literally made unseeable via some means. ‘Invisibility perception’ is dependent on many optical and visual factors. For instance, invisibility depends on the eyes of the observer; or possibly the instruments being used. In the case of Natalie Fletcher, she makes use of her own art form, rather ingeniously, to create the illusion of invisibility.
As one can see, Fletcher is an artist who enjoys people as her canvass. But she has a special twist. She brings her models ‘on location’, to a number of different settings outdoors with backgrounds such as mountains, deserts or trees. She then cleverly blends the model’s body with paint, so they blend into the background, becoming if you will, ‘invisible’.
As demonstrated by Fletcher, body painting is a form of body art. Contrasting from tattoo and other forms of body art, body painting is not typically permanent, is painted onto the skin, and will last for just a few hours, or at most a couple of weeks. By this definition, Fletcher’s work is most definitely body painting, but taken to a new level with her artistic concept, which is so inventive.
She expertly blends people’s bodies with the surrounding landscapes, copying horizons, skies, and landscapes with uncanny detail. She also masterfully matches colors and hues almost perfectly, fooling the eye rather well. Each exposed body part is painted so flawlessly it just disappears into the background.
Maybe this is how some movies achieve being invisible? Perhaps. Many artists actually work professionally as body painters for TV commercials featuring models camouflaged as all sorts of things. Stills advertising uses body painting with hundreds of models on the pages of the world’s magazines each year. Body painters also work a lot in the film industry, particularly in science fiction flicks with an increasing number of intricate alien creations being body painted.
See Fletcher’s clever ideas of body paint here.