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Rainer sees himself as both a performer and a painter. For the Body Language series, he was photographed in an ecstatic, almost hypnotic state. He felt that the original photographs did not convey the intensity of his performances, so he reworked them with oil paint and pastels. Rainer's expressive, almost violent markings emphasise the artist's movements, but also obliterate his body and evoke themes of destruction, suffering and sacrifice. The cross is a recurrent motif in Rainer's work, and his pose here is reminiscent of the crucifixion.

August 2004