My artwork is an exploration of my sexuality.
I accidentally discovered pornography while browsing the Internet at age
twelve. The initial shock and embarrassment I felt quickly evolved into curiosity. I
began to use pornography as a way to learn about sex. My familiarity with
pornography from an early age allowed me to speak openly about sex to my peers
and gave me confidence when I became sexually active later in my life.
Being curious and open about sex has always made me feel unique among my
peers. There is a stigma attached to women who are overtly curious about sex.
Therefore, I found it very difficult to fully express this part of my identity to my
family and to others whom I thought might be critical of me.
Over the past year, my artwork has allowed me to reconcile my feelings. Each
piece is a narrative that addresses various aspects of my sexuality. The colorful,
rounded forms, squiggly lines, and hanging balloons express my playful and
flirtatious character. I juxtapose these elements with phallic imagery and objects,
revealing the more erotic nature of my work.