By Karen Rutherford
Being covered in paint in the name of art is an increasingly popular trend in New Zealand, and international judges are impressed with how creative we're getting.
Some of the country's most imaginative brains showcased their talents last night at the seventh annual Body Art Awards in Auckland.
Top to toe, the event was extravagance personified. Designed around a futuristic theme, ethereal other-world beings came to life last night in Auckland.
“What I've noticed is they're putting more into that art, covering more of the body, including the hair, adding on fancy fingernails, right down to the toes, and that has spread the art as a complete piece to give a greater impact,” says international judge Elizabeth Osborn.
Forty-nine contestants from as far afield as the United States worked with body paint, prosthetics, and wigs, preening their models within an inch of their lives.
Auckland's Julian Bartram even used his two children to give an alien-like sensory overload, wowing the judges for a win in the mask category.
But it was a bizarre foam and latex being by Sofia Beu-Pederson from Denmark that wowed the international judges. A stint studying here after winning her category last year was enough to sharpen her imagination and take out the grand prize.
"She did a very good job of constructing the mask,” says Ms Osborn “The paint job was amazing right down to the toes."
You can bet designers next year will take hair-raising to a whole new level.