Marisa Papen; artist, activist, naturalist.
In todayʼs artistic and intellectual environment of hypersensitive political correctness, it seems impossible to use the nude human body as a voice... but Marisa found her way. She became internationally known for her controversial work involving religion, body freedom & censorship. Though her artivism she has been pushing boundaries, as much as societyʼs as her own. She challenges beliefs and raises questions by immersing her body in the most controversial environments or natural wonders of this planet. She sees our soft spot for beauty as a tool to restore imbalances upon earth. She turns cultural complexity into simplicity. She calls her skin her superhero suit.
Marisa finds fearlessness in her deep love for earth. Willing to put both body and mind at risk, she intends to create a lasting impact by unveiling the undeniable beauty & interconnectedness of our planet. With this, Marisa founded a non-profit in 2020, called Earth Family.
Earth Family is an ethos-inspired creative non-profit generating art and activism projects. With art and beauty Earth Family communicates our deep relationship to earth and ourselves. Earth Family's projects speak for the voice-less and touch upon social taboos to affect positive change.
"I was 22 when I first undressed in front of a camera. I remember this incredible wave of freedom and expressiveness filling up my entire being. I entered a meditative state (even though I had no clue what that meant at the time) while posing.
I witnessed my body move in ways it had never moved before. I experienced my mind peaceful and present.
I felt my heart opening. I awoke something inside of me that day. I awoke my spirit. Today, 7 years later, I still bring myself back to that moment, to center into my calling.
My work is often seen as controversial. What I see, is a human body taking a stand for equality and freedom. My intention is to open a space for raw conversation where we zoom out on strongly held beliefs and zoom in on the core of our beings.
I’m genuinely not trying to hurt anyone with the stands I take.
If my work does hurt you, I am sorry about this.
But ask yourself...
Why does this hurt you?
Why does this trigger you?
Why does a human body in its natural state conflict with your views on right or wrong?"