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.
In 2020, during a time of collective contemplation, Marisa founded the creative non-profit Earth Family as is a lighthouse of beauty for our foggy world. With art and beauty, Earth Family tells stories of our intrinsic nature that speak for the voice-less and touch upon social taboos.
"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. It was a meditative state I had no context for at the time. 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. 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 nature of our being.
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 form conflict with your views on right or wrong?"