29 B o d i e S

8 Sep 2018

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Con Artist Collective

New York
New York, United States


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I have been working on the art 
project for my birthday, asking 29 artists that I admire to draw / paint my body with emphasis on my abdomen scar from major surgery I had 3 years ago. The project is not only to commemorate my birthday, but also that lifesaving procedure.

About the project:

Yumemi Arai's personal passion project is an observation of this phenomenon: sharing your true self with others to celebrate your birthday, theirs and many more who will enter this world. The human form continues to be a main theme and inspiration. The viewer sees Yumemi through the perspectives of 29 artists, to celebrate her twenty-ninth year. The sense of self is blurred with a collective idea of humanness and the physical bodily challenges we face. Three years ago, Yumemi overcame a medical condition and while a successful surgery saved her life, a scar remains on her abdomen, a daily reminder of a near-death experience. For the artists who draw Yumemi, the scar contributes to her uniqueness and fragility as a human being. 

For those who cannot make it to the show, I am posting one art work a day on my Instagram and my website. Go take a look ♥ 

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