So of 3000 entries. 79 women artists were chosen to display their art and have it hung at the Rockaway Artist Alliance. I was one of them. I walked in and didnt’ see my art. My first thought, they changed their minds. They made a mistake, my art isn’t good enough… Oh the insecurities at play. Then I found it, next to a Vulva made of amethyst crystals and a nude large photo of a pregnant woman.
My art was created when Hugh Heffner died. I just got home from bartending, and was feeling a creative grumpy and especially witchy. I was texting with an extremely handsome man who was also extremely insecure. That shit drives me nuts. Now don’t get me wrong, I have insecurities, but this mother fucker had some real issues and never worked on it. I love men, I love self development, I love when they go together in some way.
I felt lonely, I felt pissed, I felt sad, I felt angry, and I wanted attention, I wanted to be desired loud and clear. I wanted to be seen. So out of this came my artwork.
I had a perfect box for my Playboy collection, except about 10 magazines didn’t fit. A perfect time to make art. So I created my piece, I had so much fun choosing Pussy! Choosing breasts, and thinking of all the names I’ve called my breasts and others have called them. Tiddies, titties, boobs, knockers… etc.
I made this collage, I fit all the parts, I chose specific parts, I fit them together, I thought out, and visualized and out come “TOO MUCH.” The words “uncensored” and “love” and a photo of a candle. Everything else skin.
What was interesting was how people would stop or walk by fast. This is a piece that a person wants to get close to, there are many details, but to see all the details you must get close. I captured some folks checking out my art. Others walked by fast, or got nervous. In the art world it’s not such a big deal, naked art.
This was a big deal in Rockaway, artists flew in from Cali for their work. So there were a mix of artsy people and regular folk, and I think it’s fabulous to have nude art. I was a bit scared to have it up, I feared judgement, and not being a “real” artist, and I envisioned people protesting my piece, or thinking I must have something wrong with me to think this is art.
I got so many interesting comments and questions! I left the day feeling inspired, in awe, and proud to be a part of this amazing show. It’s still going on and they have events every weekend in the month of March. Come check them out if you can… https://www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/current-exhibitions