Nudity and art have had a long association, but two south-east Queenslanders are taking the idea of stripping down to their birthday suit to another level.
Fiona Skelton and Sam Hatfield have danced nude on the Schwebebahn in sleepy German town Wuppertal, and rode across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with nothing but a helmet, boots and gloves on all in the name of art.
The pair is behind an online art movement called Naked Me which challenges attitudes towards nudity through photography, video and visual art.
Speaking to 612 ABC’s Spencer Howson from Texas, USA, Fiona says the point of their shameless naked romp is to make being comfortable with one’s own nudity cool.
“It is a little crazy, [but] we’re artists using our creativity to address the social issue of nudity and people not being cool with it,” she says.
She says by stripping down in a very public way it challenges others to “think about their own attitudes to nudity.”
The films feature the pair with next to nothing on in well known places, but Sam says they’re yet to run into any trouble.
“We were a little worried because there are 150 security cameras on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and we weren’t sure what was going to go down if we were confronted by authorities.
“But it all went off without a hitch!” he says.
Fiona says they’ve been pleasantly surprised by how receptive people are to the public displays of nudity.
“We recently shot for a new we’re working on in London. We were at Abbey Road and [everyone] cheered and clapped and laughed when we’d [finished].”
Sam says it’s very freeing once he’s fully exposed and in full flight, so to speak.
“The adrenaline takes over and it is quite exciting to do, so I don’t give it much thought.”
Aside from revealing themselves in public places in the name of the project, the duo has just launched a new project called Skinestry.
“We’re going to create a digital tapestry that evolves over time, made up entirely of photos of skin,” Sam says, “and we’d love the people of Brisbane to get on board.”
People are encouraged to upload a photo of any part of their naked skin at the Naked Me website.
Sam says the only rule is that the photo must be zoomed or cropped so that skin fills the entire image.