Looking at Scars / Tattoos.

These images were found here: http://www.randafricanart.com/Scarification_and_Cicatrisation_among_African_cultures.html

Here is an artist who uses the idea of inscribing on the body to make a statement:

http://arttattler.com/archiveinscribing.html This work is by Ike Ude a Nigerian artist.

I this photograph, I really like how the torsos interact simple through their scars. They are not really using their limbs to communicate. Focus is on the scars.

I like the sculpture below, but in terms of what I want to do, I don’t like how they are interacting to make one form. However I like the idea of carving scars into sculptures of women.

The female figure is prominent in Luba art, an indication of women’s status as wives and mothers, priestesses, political advisors and spirit mediums. Elaborately carved headrests are high-prestige objects used as pillows to preserve intricate hairstyles and to foster important dreams. Their decorations reflect Luba conventions of feminine beauty that emphasize complex coiffures and scarification.

http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/inscribing/body.html

I found this image on the Smithsonian website. It is a sculpture that references womens tattoos.

Here is a great source for images of African body scarification. http://www.ezakwantu.com/Gallery%20Scarification.htm

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