Research and Writing and Googly Eyed Vaginas, Oh My!

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I’ve been working as hard as ever! It’s not that I don’t have to time to post, I just need to make sure to make it a habit and stick to a schedule.

As you may have assumed I have given up hope of opening an Etsy shop. It just isn’t worth the struggle and I’d rather put full focus onto my current projects and school. I’ve been working hard on two pieces of writings for The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics catalog. One piece is about female sexuality as seen through the works of Dana West, Mayumi Lake, and Barbara DeGenevive, while the other explores the impact the color pink has in the gallery space. I’m currently in the final revisions and will share them as soon as I finish. My classmate Kiam and I have been put in charge of curating and exhibiting in my Queer Spaces class final show. We are currently working on getting a cohesive description and show title and plan to start didpersing promotional materials starting next. The opening Reception will be on December 14th at Roxaboxen Gallery in Pilsen. More info to follow.

As for my personal work, I decided to revisit my Googly Eyed Vaginas. In 2010 I photographed a few, but quickly discarded them. After considering the fact that I wasn’t quite sure why I took them but still intrigued by them, I realized this emphasized the fact that they needed to be investigated further..

Initially created as a reaction to the ridiculous things women do to “dress-up” their va-jay’s, my Googly Eyed Vaginas offer the viewer a chance to gaze into the void, while being subjected to it staring back at them.

Back in the Swing of Things

Last Friday I had my first ever SAIC critique – I really needed it! I have been out of the academic circle since December, and boy did it feel great to get back to it. It was the first time I had shown my porn work to fellow students. Overall things went well; they seemed to really like the direction I it’s going and seemed excited to see more. But what I got most out of showing my recent porn work in juxtaposition to my old body work, was the reassurance to continue with both endeavors and reinforced the idea that they don’t have to be separate from one another. I think I needed a break from my body at the time that I began to work with porn, but lately I have been “craving” making work about my body and my interpersonal relationships. Part of me has been avoiding it because I tend to stick to making work in series. I tell myself that I can’t make work about my body because I’m still new and trying out things with porn. After this critique I’ve embraced my desire to get personal and will now intergrade it seamlessly into my current practice.

However, being in school, working two jobs, and getting my shop established have left me with very little (practically no) time for new work. For now I’ve been spending my free time in between classes working in the photo lab. Here are some new layered porn images I’ve recently made. As soon as I get the time to shoot, expect more body work soon!

“Janine”
From the Scene Layer series2012

“Sonja & Niky”
From the Scene Layer series
2012

 

Girl Talk Zine 1 is Here!

Ten freshly copied B&W versions of my first zine! 5 will be sent to Quimby’s in Chicago, and the other 5 will be sent to Atomic Books in Baltimore. I will have full color copies for $6, and B&W copies for $3 available on my Etsy store. However, if you’re dying to get one and you personally know me, send me an e-mail –we’ll work something out!

Now, I celebrate with wine and friends! Stay posted for my store info by the end of the week.

Revisiting My Menstrual Paintings

So, I’ve been put in charge of a small group of artists from my community college. My task is to organize our work for an art fair happening in June. Unfortunately, my work is… unsuitable for the general public. I’ve been trying to think of work I could make that is acceptable to show, without giving up my personal style and message. I thought about making collages, like my porn ones, from women’s beauty and fashion magazines; however, I only have a few of them, so I don’t have much material to work with. If feels like making a sandwich when you only have bread. I figured I had some time to come up with something. Just then I got a message from the asst. dean asking for a power point of our work… by Friday. Fuck.

Two years ago I made these paintings:

I think the first set is abstract enough to be acceptable. So, I made this tonight:

I think I’ll describe them as “feminine still lifes”, if anyone asks.

Here’s to coming up with a better idea before the fair!

More Girl Talk

I’ve been working on my “Girl Talk” series and I’ve come across a few problems:
I’m finding it hard to get the images to stick to the glitter surface.
In some of the images the gloss spray seeps through, leaving weird watermarks.
I also need to find a proper way of documenting them without glare.

Here are some of the finished ones. They’re just prototypes. I’ll iron out the kinks and update soon.

White Outs

About a year ago I took a black sharpie to a porn magazine and completely blacked out the women. What was left was a sort of strange scene of grunting men and odd accumulated objects.

Eventually, I began to scan the images in and work in Photoshop.

For my Alternative Photography Process class I decided to take this idea a step further and reduce the entire image to black and white. The result both censors and accentuates the explicitness of the pornographic body.