Theatre image 4On the 10th of December 2019 it was show day. A group of twenty-something girls all naked, covered in acrylic paint in the style of Sophie Tea’s newest art venture – nudes.

There is a thin line between art and theatre, one I enjoy crossing from time to time. To see the beauty of art come alive with movement is a simple yet beautiful thing to indulge in. This is one of the few reasons why when I found out that London based artist Sophie Tea was putting on a live art show last December and needed live models, I didn’t waste any time in replying.

Theatre image 6Sophie Tea (@sophieteaart) is a ground-breaking artist, using Instagram as her gallery representation. Coupled with this, with a mission statement that mentions how sustainability and accessibility are some of the main goal of the Sophie Tea art business offers payment plans with monthly installments. As such, making her work less elitist, more accessible and even more beautiful.

Having dabbled in the painting of colourful animals, abstract prints, nudes and now ‘GLITTER TITS’, Tea has proven herself to be able to cover a range of genres.

Theatre 2Having had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with her during the ‘SEND NUDES’ London show, I can honestly say that Tea is one of the few people who remain utterly down to earth, despite insane talent and success. Sophie Tea has studios in London and Sydney, having also completed a summer art show in Bali to showcase her initial nude study.

The ‘SEND NUDES’ art show was a day enshrined in body positivity, as well as art. As a theatre editor, I was pleased to see how Tea and her incredible team managed to project the art on show onto the bodies of those involved in the show.

I acknowledge that I push the bounds of theatre to the limit linking subjects, such as haunted houses, to my specified genre. However, after taking part in the Sophie Tea ‘SEND NUDES’ show, I felt compelled to write about it.

Theatre image 5Theatre is not a superficial art form. It forces people to emote and connect with society around them, which is exactly what Tea and her team managed to do last December. Body positivity is a term that has been thrown about haphazardly in the past few years. However, actions speak louder than words. Tea’s live show and the art that adorned the walls in the Shoreditch venue, managed to highlight body positivity and mental health surrounding body image in a light i had not had the pleasure of experiencing before.

 

Theatre image 8Taking part in the show was an experience in itself! The acrylic paint was stuck to my body for longer than I would care to admit, but it was worth it. Furthermore, the show itself forced me to accept my own body and take pride in it. Nude modelling is not something I necessarily would have thought I would have taken in part in during my first semester at university, but the beauty and openness that ‘SEND NUDES’ enabled made it inevitable.

As well as my lasting improved relationship with my body, another outcome of the ‘SEND NUDES’ show is Verity Pitts’ new venture.


80857686_942073476187881_5976341619656359936_n‘The Body Confidence Issue’ is a website, with an accompanied instagram page, all created with the aim of promoting body and mental positivity in a world where superficial criticism is rife. I am very blessed and lucky to call Verity a friend and would recommend everyone follow her instagram ASAP (@thebodyconfidenceissue).

Theatre image 3When it all comes down to it, theatre is just another art form. Given March hosts international women’s day, I thought it only right that in this issue I celebrated an incredible female artist, inspirational women and spread positivity.

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