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The Price of FGM
12/4/2017



Sharing this impactful 28 Too Many ad campaign aimed to raise awareness of the real price of FGM (female genital mutilation). Paul Gregson and Jono Flannery, a creative duo, designed this powerful ad campaign using my Coin Cunt images.

FGM is a harmful traditional practice involving the cutting or removal of the external female genitalia. It has existed for more than 2,000 years and is performed on girls from birth, up to just before marriage, and sometimes beyond.

It is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in the countries where the practice is concentrated. Furthermore, there are an estimated 3 million girls at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation every year. The majority of girls are cut before they turn 15 years old. FGM has been documented in at least 30 countries, mainly in Africa, as well as in the Middle East and Asia. It is also prevalent in diaspora communities around the world, even in the United States.


Source image via DW.com

For traditional cutters, FGM is their livelihood. It is often seen as a lucrative job. But for girls and women it can lead to psychological problems, higher risk of infections & HIV, pain during sex, complications & even death in pregnancy or childbirth. While some are making money out of FGM, it's quite clear who pays the real price.

The British based organization 28 Too Many is dedicated to ending female genital mutilation everywhere. Their work focuses on the 28 African countries where it is practiced and in many other countries where it continues, often in spite of laws against it. Please visit 28 Too Many to find out how you can help end this horrific practice and save the futures of so many young girls.

Vulvacular
10/27/2017



I'm delighted to have my flesh colored grouping of Coin Cunts included in Vulvacular, a timely exhibition celebrating the rise of the vulva at Ceres Gallery in New York City. Artist/curators Susan Kaplow and Pam Shields have brought together the work of 19 artists whose take on the vulva is hilarious, sexy, poignant, searing and political. Works from the gallery show may also be viewed via the exhibition website.



In conjunction with Vulvacular, Ceres Gallery will present a free screening of VULVA 3.0, a documentary surveying attitudes towards female genitals through history to the present.  Vulva 3.0 demonstrates the current attacks on and degradation of the vulva and the forms of resistance to these attacks by educators, scholars and activists. Three artists will comment after the film, highlighting the ways in which their art practice is another form of resistance.


Rhiannon Schneiderman, Lady Manes #1, digital photograph, 2012

VULVACULAR
Ceres Gallery
545 W. 27th St. #201 / New York, NY

October 31 - November 25, 2017
Reception: Thursday, Nov 2nd, 6-8 pm
Vulva 3.0 Screening: Wednesday, Nov 8th, 7-9 pm
 

IDAFT: Los Angeles
10/3/2017


Whitney Bell's I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime Of Dick Pics is back--this time in her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She is hosting the weekend event with the goal of exposing the normalization of misogyny and confronting the issue of sexual harassment in the digital age. In addition to a Friday night Penis Party, featuring a plethora of unsolicited dick pics staged in the comfort of her own home, Whitney has invited a kickass line-up of feminists to join discussion panels on Saturday. The topics include Feminism 101 For Men, Harassment In The Digital Era and The Intersection of Feminism & Pornography. Shirley Manson, the front woman of Garbage, is one of the panelists!



Along with the installation featuring Whitney's collection of unsolicited dick pics, I Didn't Ask For This will exhibit the work of a diverse mix of of over 20 artists who span the spectrums of gender, race, and sexuality to give an intersectional perspective to sexual harassment in the digital age. In addition to a grouping of my Coin Cunt's, my newest installation piece dubbed Thumbs Down will be making its debut. Thumbs Down was created using the thumbs of vintage women's gloves. It is a not so subtle statement on the flaccid performance of our pussy-grabber-in-chief.


I Didn't Ask For This: A Lifetime Of Dick Pics
Think Tank Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
Friday Oct 6, 8-1am & Saturday Oct 7, 12pm-6pm
Tickets Available Here


Seen And Heard
9/25/2017

Protest by Lena Rushing

Earlier this year I was invited by artist and curator Lena Rushing to participate in Seen And Heard, an exhibit paying homage to the women's rights movement. Included in the exhibition are a grouping of my Fiber Fetishes, interactive Bound Scissors, and a new wall sculpture created specifically for this show titled Out Of Reach.


 
I spent the first part of the year scavenging up all the vintage women's gloves I could find in order to create Out Of Reach. In the sculpture, I stitched the fingers from these various gloves onto a metal grate to form a compact, round cluster reminiscent of a breast. The piece represents the hands of all the women who have strived, fought, toiled, and persisted in the ongoing fight for equality for all. We celebrate those before us and join hands as we move forward together--reaching out and shattering those glass ceilings.



Designed to celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of women, the importance of the women’s rights movement, feminism, and the strength, independence, and bravery of women, Seen And Heard offers a powerful collection of artwork by eight nationally-acclaimed artists: Alise Anderson, Donna Bates, Kristin Bauer, Gabriela Handal, Sara E. Morales-Morgan, Meryl Pataky, Lena Rushing and Suzanna Scott.
 
Seen And Heard
Studios on the Park / Atrium Gallery
1130 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA
September 28 - October 22, 2017
Opening Reception: October 7th, 6-9 pm

Le Papier
9/19/2017


Thirteen of my works on paper are included in Le Papier, an invitational exhibition of contemporary drawings and paper-made pieces in all forms and dimensions. I must extend a word of thanks to the staff at Dunedin Fine Art Center for all the precautions they took to protect artwork during Hurricane Irma two weeks ago. The exhibition was slated to open earlier this month, but the opening was postponed due to the impending hurricane. Despite plywood boarding up the damaged gallery windows the show is back on the walls and opens this Friday.
 
In the group exhibition, Le Papier, seven artists present works on (and of) paper. See the watercolors of Caitlin Albritton, Eva Avenue and Kristin Beauvoir. Paintings by Leslie Fry and Laine Nixon and the collages of Suzanna Scott. Finally, we remember painter, sculptor, printmaker + visionary, Roland Poska who died earlier this year. Poska had a solo show at DFAC in 2005 of his extraordinary pulp paintings and sculptures. Here, a small sampling of his enormous heart and soul, return to us.

Le Papier
Dunedin Fine Art Center
1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin FL
September 22 - December 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 22nd 6-9pm

L'Origine Du Monde
8/22/2017




In 1866 an Ottoman diplomat commissioned one of the most infamous paintings ever by French artist Gustav Courbet: 'L’Origine du monde' ('The Origin of the World'). The painting still to this day because of its very nature and realistic, graphic nudity, has the power to shock and trigger censorship. It pushed the idea of what is erotic, sensual and romantic to what is pornographic and unmoral.

"Eroticism is dependent not just upon an individual's
sexual morality, but also the culture and time
in which an individual resides.”
- Honore’ de Balzac

This exhibition brings together twenty-two artists, both local and International, with over sixty works of art ranging from painting and drawing to photography and sculpture. The show explores the ideas of sexuality, sensualism, romance, humor, innuendo and eroticism.
L'Origine Du Monde
Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery
137 4th Street, Troy, NY
August 25th - September 24, 2017
Reception: Friday, August 25th from 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists: Michael Bergt, Nina Covington, Daniel Maidman, Reuben Negron, Julie Branch, Suzanna Scott, Colleen Lynch, Gary Masline, Mary Ellen Riell, Emily Lamb, Jeanne Ciravolo, Jon Gernon, Jeff Wigman, Yeachin Tsai, Jilian Platt, Frida Castelli, Corey Pitkin, Andrea Hersh, Rachel Gibson, Louis Braquet, Michael Bach, Chad Span
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