Marisa Papen (1992) is a Belgian poet, artist, activist & naturalist. She became internationally known for her evocative work involving religion, body freedom & censorship.
Her art and activism unveil the raw simplicity hidden beneath cultural complexity. She understands our soft spot for beauty as a catalyst for a harmonious relationship with nature. It is Marisa’s quest to naturalize the human body in a world that has lost its connection with its origin. Offering her body as a symbol of freedom, she has collaborated with world renowned photographers and artists to visualize her message.
For her ‘Religious Rebel’ campaign she courageously undressed in front of sacred sites such as the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Turkey, the Giza Pyramids + Temple of Luxor in Egypt, the Vatican in Rome, and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. In 2021 she travelled into the epicenter of guilt and shame, the vagina. Embracing her body as a whole Marisa shared her ‘Flower of Life’ as the first ever NFT of a vagina and later published the book ‘Flowers of Life’. In 2022 she completed a series of 13 moon paintings with her menstrual blood — ‘Flow of Life’. Through surrendering to the wisdom of the womb, she is more than ever convinced that understanding and accepting our bodies as sacred intelligence is fundamental.
With a shared mission to heal wounds of separation, Marisa and her husband founded the creative non-profit Earth Family. The foundation offers art, activism and poetry as service. Through story and myth Earth Family evokes deep interconnectedness with ourselves, each other and Mother Earth. Marisa is also the author of the children’s book ‘Earth Family’, an illustrated poem of interbeing + transformation.