Body art as an effective therapy for the body and the mind

The body and the mind

Body art as an effective therapy for the body and the mind. Art is known as the expression of one’s creativity and perspective.

It helps differentiate the concept behind what’s real and what is surreal. It is one’s application of skill and creativity that constantly evolves and crosses the boundaries of human innovation and expression. Are is always defined in its broadest form as a means to challenge the mind by representing, oftentimes, visual perspective and how an artist sees it. There are a lot of forms of art expressions today and it can be found in paintings, drawings, music, writing, stage plays and a whole lot more. But one form of art is slowly catching on as one of the revolutionary art expressions today and it is called body art.

What is body art?

When you talk about painting, you often get to assume it as an art form where the artist or painter uses a canvas to paint or express his or her ideas through visual representations. It could be a landscape, a human subject, still life, etc. Body art on the other hand, makes use of the human body as the canvass for the painting or the art rendering. Also called body painting, body art traces its roots back in ancient history, where tribal ancestors use art on their bodies as symbols representing their identities.Tribal communities back then had no effective form of spoken communication and used symbols of living and nonliving things in their surroundings to convey their thoughts with one another.

Body art

They learned to develop effective communication methods by pointing to an item to stress an idea or a point. One may point to a body of water if he becomes thirsty or point at a tree or a cave to convey shelter or an animal if they wanted food.


But as convenience would have it, it later evolved into painted symbol on cave walls to tell a story or paintings on their bodies, because it would really be inconvenient to carry around a big rock or a ferocious animal for them to interact with another.