Vagina China Is The Art Project That Was Created To Erase Your Outdated Vagina Taboos
21 de diciembre de 2017Maria Suarez
This project uses ceramic to show you the beauty of the vagina.
“Designer vagina surgery is big business: according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2009 female consumers spent an estimated $6.8m on these procedures (the figure counts only plastic surgeons, not gynecologists).”
“We don’t talk about how they can be a source of pleasure for women. We don’t talk about how they are all different. And we don’t tell young women and men that there’s no 'normal' vagina.”
“We realized that most women have no healthy way to know that vulvas have such a diversity in size and shape.
This is how it became our mission to demystify the vulva and celebrate femininity with no apologies.”
“Vagina China is about connecting to our bodies and using art as a tool to engage in conversations that inform and transform.
We are creating a large-scale ceramic art project that demystifies and celebrates the female body –especially the vulva. This part of the female body is often objectified but is rarely reflected upon and revered... until now!
We are making 13 different collections of Vagina China. Each set draws inspiration from traditional pottery designs and explores different issues that impact women today – from periods to pleasure, sex work to social activism. Each set is a vehicle for conversation and promotes body positivity.”
“Putting the vulvas in a different context allows for them to be less erotic and more about exploring the diversity of what real women look like.
And by removing personal identification –each woman’s history, her race, class and sexual orientation– we hope to invoke deeper questions.”
“We each have the right to use our bodies as we wish. And as we use our bodies for OUR OWN AIMS as women, we take back control of our femininity, our destiny, and our own narrative.”
“The Casting Ceremonies are 3-part. To begin the evening and help everyone settle into their bodies and the space we make art together. Casting Ceremonies are a multi-sensory experience. Think soft lights, aromatics, hot tea, pulsating music, art materials of all fancy—and chocolate for inspiration. We create a relaxing, safe, and sacred space with materials and instruction for encouraging our intrinsic creative voice and connecting to our primal source of creative inspiration."
"Next, we gather in a circle and this can be a very powerful experience—intentions are shared, fears are released, and deep connections and bonds are born. Each woman is asked if she would like to share why she was drawn to this work and if she would like to offer an intention for the group to hold.
Then the casting process begins!"
"We explain the multi-step process of transforming the casts into molds and while still fully dressed, we demonstrate how to apply the casting material. The participants then change into long dress shirts that we provide for privacy and because it can get a little messy. We prepare the body-safe casting material (we use dental alginate) and give each woman a little tupperware container full of alginate which they hold up to their vulva for 5 minutes. The casting process is private, anonymous and each woman is in charge of casting themselves.”
“It is easy to fear and demonize the unknown, and that is exactly why we are interested in bringing light and conversation to this part of the body.
There is a disproportionate attention given to penises and unrealistic images of women’s bodies in society. We are interested in showing the true variety and beauty in the natural female vulva.
While the goal of our work is to demystify the vulva, the deeper mission behind the project is to bring awareness to women’s issues by using art as a tool to engage in these deeper conversations.
AND there is a lot of money to be made by having women feel insecure about their bodies. It continues in different forms today, but essentially through the money made by marketers, advertisers, product developers, and some doctors for perpetuating insecurities or even creating new ones so they can sell more products or services. There are so many products now for steam cleaning, bleaching, and tightening vagina for example –and now women are having their labia cut off in record numbers.”
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