On September 3rd Fox 5 News covered, without contacting me, the curators, or the organization I work with, my piece “Four Letter Word” in this video-http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/26441979/sex-art-exhibit. They seem focused entirely on the small illustrations of sexual positions, which is only a small portion of the 8 by 8 foot installation with 13 6 foot stuffed letters (all hand sewn by me). They followed up with this video, after interviewing me over the phone.
Read more about my piece via my statement, and check out images here: http://jessicacaldas.com/four-letter-word/.
“Four letter word” specifically explores my relationship with three gendered insults, SLUT, CUNT, and BITCH and surveys the words’ overlapping historical, and social contexts while acknowledging this exploration comes through the lens of my own perspective.
Beginning with my own negative experiences with each word and my own written hand, I translate, across the letters of the words themselves, how this personal experience relates to a larger social, political, and historical context and how each of these contexts relate to each other and how the larger scale of these issues and ideas reflect and affect myself. I have examined how negative perspectives of these words, which are different from my own, contribute to issues such as sexism, rape culture, victim blaming, slut shaming, and body policing while also calling attention to issues of race, sexuality, gender, and class. Alternatively, positive behaviors such as reclamation afford these words a different kind of power.
The letters themselves are life size, hand sewn, and plush, and come in reds, pinks, and cream colors allowing for them to envelope the viewer in a physical yet gentle way. The physicality of these letters is important to me as I am interested in how the use of the words inform behavior and consequently how behaviors affect identity. Just as vital are the jumble and messiness of the forms, which reflect the complicated nature of language, that it is both powerful and reductive.
This piece is a part of the body of work Out of Context
A Columbia University student who says she was raped in her dorm room on campus is launching a performance art piece to call attention to her experience as well as the larger epidemic of sexual assault at US colleges. Emma Sulkowicz, now a senior majoring in visual arts, will carry a dorm room mattress with her everywhere she goes “for as long as I attend the same school as my rapist,” she told the Columbia Spectator. “The piece could potentially take a day, or it could go on until I graduate.”
(Footnote: If you are too embarrassed to buy condoms, you are not ready to have sex.)
Two: Kissing is not merely foreplay. Spend entire evenings making out on the couch while fully clothed. Believe me, dry-humping rocks.
Three: Sex is not just about friction. It’s about emotion. Stop trying to find her clitoris and find her heart. Because then she’ll help you find her clitoris.
Four: If you really wanna know how to please a woman, ask her how she masturbates. Then do that. A lot. If she claims she doesn’t masturbate, offer to take her shopping for a vibrator so you can both learn the vocabulary of her body together.
Five: Don’t put anything in her butthole you wouldn’t want in your own.
(Footnote: Try a pinky finger, it’s kinda awesome.)
Six: When you go down on her—and you will go down on her, and if you are my son, you will be amazing at it—tell her how good she tastes. Stop in the middle and kiss her deeply so she knows how good she tastes. Do the same when she goes down on you.
Seven: A simple Google search will yield 1,327 euphemisms for male masturbation, yet only 23 for female masturbation. If guys spent less time jacking off and more time jilling off, this world would be a happier place.
Eight: Everything you need to know about the importance of the clitoris is in the movie Star Wars. You are Luke Skywalker piloting your penis-shaped X-Wing Fighter deep inside her trench. Remember: seventy percent of all Death Stars cannot be blown up through penetration of the trench alone. It must be through focused contact with that little exhaust port at the top of the trench. Otherwise, any explosions you experience will be merely Hollywood special effects.
Nine: Just because you come doesn’t mean she has, so don’t you dare come before her. Focus completely on your partner. Don’t worry about gettin’ yours, you’re a guy. You always get yours. Your job is to make sure she’s gettin’ hers.
Ten: If sex with your partner lasts no longer than this poem, you are not making love. You are masturbating with her body instead of your hand. Shame on you. Go back to step one. You’ve got a lot of learning to do.
Big Poppa E., “How To Make Love” (via dorkvader)
i feel like this should be published and sold everywhere
Big Poppa E is one of my faves and man he speaks the truuuth
Step Inside London’s Felt Cornershop
Look closely at a corner shop in East London and you’ll see everything is not as it seems. The Cornershop, opened in a derelict store in Bethnal Green by artist Lucy Sparrow (@sewyoursoul), is actually an art installation which consists of 4,000 items all handmade from felt! From Heinz Baked Beans to Digestive Biscuits, everything in the shop is hand-stitched and the whole shop took Lucy eight months to assemble.
“I wanted to create something that surrounded people completely,” says Lucy, whose first job was in her local corner shop. “I hope this project reminds people just how much the cornershop cements life in local communities.” The installation runs until August 31.
Part 1: Behind the scenes of Sealions' new video "Honey", the first single from Number One Lover. The video was directed by Kevin Byrd and stars MaryGrace Phillips.
See the video HERE / Featured on UK Site Gold Flake Paint HERE
Sealions’ Number One Lover will be available Sept 9th via Deer Bear Wolf Records.
Reporters confirm that police & advisors concealed the identity of Darren Wilson until he could delete all social media & move out of state.
New episodes of ArtsxCraft 2nd Mondays on ABL Radio.
This episode we explore documentary arts with Atlanta based visual artists:
- Artemus Jenkins(http://artemusjenkins.com/),
- Michael David Murphy (http://michaeldavidmurphy.com/)
- Will Feagins Jr. (http://www.wfjrfilms.com/)
- & Corey Davis (http://www.iamcoreydavis.com/).
Works discussed in the show:
“J is for Junkie” by Corey Davis
”Underexposed: Indie Hip Hop in Atlanta” by Will Feagins Jr.
”A Family Portrait of the 15%” by Michael David Murphy
“P.O.P” by Artemus Jenkins
Listen to the full raw Interviews with our guests (Flash Required). Podcast subscribers have access to Artemus Jenkin’s full conversation via the ArtsxCrafts app!
Will Feagins Jr.
Michael David Murphy
- DJ Variable “Tribal” &
- Illustrate “1ne 4 you”
Booking by Carla Aaron-Lopez
Hosted and Produced by Carla Aaron-Lopez and Dominick Brady
Edited & Engineered by Dominick Brady
The WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change is coming in 2015! For more information, FAQs, or to find out how you can get involved, visit: wonderroot.org/newcenter #atlanta #arts #atlarts #socialchange #wonderroot