Artis conversation week 10 (Kaclica Chhin & Amanda Ruiz)

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Sexuality is something that not many people talk about in the open. And if it does ever happen it usually gets awkward like watching a sex scene on television with your parents. Yet these two artists tackled it head on and created a gallery that was unlike anything I had seen before. Because even though I had seen nudity and sexual undertones in some of the art I had seen before I never seen an entire gallery dedicated to it. When you walk in immediately you come in contact with a wall of plaster breasts, penis’s, butts, and vagina’s. Whether this was a choice in design or not I say it makes a big impact. The sexual parts of the human body are put front and center.

I came to ask both the artists the question of how this came to be, and how they even got people to agree to it. They answered that the people where friends, and that it definitely was a little awkward at first to get people to agree to plaster heir private parts for an art gallery show for many people to watch. I also asked about the many drawings of women pleasuring themselves, and why it was mostly women. I had figured that perhaps it was due to society’s pressures on men to be the dominant ones in sexual activity, and how a few drawings of women pleasuring women could be interpreted repressed sexual feelings toward homosexuality. But what I got was not what I expected, I was told that the reason all the drawings were of women was merely because the artists were women and they felt more comfortable showing female sexuality than male. I did get the overlying message of repressed sexuality being a theme of the entire gallery though.

I was left with a strange feeling in the moment after I was wrong with two of my perdictions about the meaning of the gallery. For a second I thought to myself am I over reaching for a meaning that does not exist? Or did I completely not see something? I made two predictions about the art that were not at all what the artists had in mind, and not even what they were thinking about. But before I could delve any deeper the artist simply said that it was ok I had a completely different idea about her art than she did. From that I felt a little better knowing that even if I did not share the same opinion as the artist, I can still carry my own as long as I can properly explain/defend my opinion


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