SIRPA - WONDER WOMEN - The WAU Project
"I became a model for Wonder Women -project when Riina was looking for a model who would have had to deal with changes in their appearance as a result of an illness. Having had advanced breast cancer for a fairly long time now I have naturally got used to my changed body already and it isn't a problem for me so I was excited and intrigued to take part.
The 8-hour painting and photoshooting day exceeded all my expectations. Applying the paint felt pleasant on the skin and very soon I felt as if I was wearing a top, so much so that during the breaks it didn't even occur to me to put my clothes on.
Riina is truly a magician at her work. There are no words to describe how incredibly amazing the end result is. How perfectly and beautifully my imperfect body (and at the moment my bald head caused by the chemotherapy) blended into the lovely background material. I believe that body painting could be a very empowering experience and a new way to help you cope with the changes in your body, caused by an illness or something else. I warmly recommend this to anyone!"
Special education teacher
R.I.P Sirpa Ikävalko 24.7.2016. "Remember me through joy and happiness."