Bad Advice

You’d be surprised how many people in studio visits have given me the advice to ‘make a large replica of a vulva that viewers can climb in and out of’. Time and time again, I tell them, this is precisely what I will never do. Is the issue that there aren’t enough people inside of female genitalia? Hardly. I want viewers to think of this subject matter beyond the idea of what it can do for them. I want viewers to consider the subject of female born/identified genitalia that is providing no reproductive labor, no opportunity for sexual gratification or penetration, needing nothing, revealing nothing vulnerable– simply being, autonomous in and of itself. This is an entirely new way to think of female born/identified genitalia and that is the point.  –  Sophia Wallace