Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Aftermath resounding bright and clear

Well, What a response!

It seems you all like my Fantasy Fannies then. :)

And I'm delighted that you do.

They're a big thing for me, and something I believe strongly in as an empowerment for women. I've had lots of positive feedback both through the comments and by email. Women telling me that they have had problems accepting that part of their body, but to see their "Queynte" in glorious techni-colour detail has made them realise it is a thing of beauty to be admired. One woman told me she is a blatant exhibitionist and this is the ultimate exhibitionism for her!

A guy I know has said how wonderful the colours are. That he is drawn to bright and well-defined colours and that the similar palette creates a kinship among the portrayals. The bright colours denote energy and emotion, ever moving, ever changing, and focusing on the opening itself. They radiate life, just as a woman does, even though her actual colours are more subdued.
He commented that vaginas are as individual as faces, and drawn in this multi-hued way the features take on added beauty. He particularly liked the detail of the interiors, the folds and the crevices, and the fact that for some women the opening is quite evident, while for others it's hidden, waiting to be discovered. He also really loved the nude woman hidden in the detail of each portrait.

One of the best comments I had was from a woman who referred to the images as "spirited and spiritual" and that I had touched her on a primal level. I really loved that!

Another woman commented that the paintings are absolutely beautiful and that they are a reminder of what makes women so special, being able to give life but also commented on the complex nature of our beings, exemplified in the folds, crevices, curves, texture and smoothness of this entrance to our depths.

I've had interesting dialogues with Having my cake too - since the idea sprung up between the two of us semi-joking with each other a year ago, and then when we discussed it a bit further, we both realised the other was serious! Its been an empowerment for the both of us too. I realised that a lot of women don’t know what they look like down there – infact, only one of the participants has recognized her own from the painting, bearing in mind that I was working from photos sent to me from the participants, so I had presumed they had looked at them first!
We also discussed the fact that some women consider their vaginas to be ugly and the terrible mutilations some religions inflict on young girls. If any of this has helped to empower women, or helped them come to terms with the subject of the beauty of their own bodies, then I’m delighted. I’ve certainly learnt a lot!


And now that other women have seen them, they want their fanny painted too, and I'm delighted to say that already I have another twelve participants who are in the process of sending me photos for the next batch of Queyntes. I hope others do too.

This last week I have had many conversations with many people on the subject and its interesting to note the differences between the sex bloggers and the men and women I have chatted to in "real life". The sex bloggers have accepted it with open arms, and love it. But I've had slightly unexpected responses from other people. A broad-minded, creative and feminist woman wasn't greatly interested in what I consider to be a wonderful celebration of womanhood. A flirtatious and vibrant woman who I would have expected to be greatly interested in the subject, wasn't particularly, and yet most men I've mentioned it to are intrigued with it and want to know more. Am I back to the experiences I've had before of vanilla women not showing their interest in erotic art?

I attended a seminar at the weekend, to pick up more information about making a living as an artist, and found the session very useful. I was even able to ask specific questions relating to my own career and the projects I currently have on the go and how I am dealing with them. The tutor's answers were helpful and honest. Which is what I'd rather hear. But he doesn't think the Fantasy Fannies will work in real life, he thinks they will only work on the internet. I think he's wrong. I think there will be a lot of interest, in the right place. I just need to find the right place. I want these Fantasy Fannies to be exhibited somewhere together, so that people can see them. I know that some galleries will turn them down flat, and I also know that I have to find the right gallery for myself - because a gallery is for ME, not me for them. Maybe I'll have to do it privately then.

But one way or another, I want to do it.

22 comments:

Trixie said...

And I'm sure you WILL find a gallery to hang them up in!

Jackie Adshead said...

Trixie - I certainly hope so!

Indigo said...

You'll get there... I know you will, there's a gallery out there some where just waiting for you to discover. You've got this far....

Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - Yep, I've done the hardest bit already! But its finding a gallery that suits my needs, is going to promote me properly, and isn't going to rip me off and take all my credit, that's the difficult part!

having my cake said...

Jackie, What we need is the real-life equivalent of 'Bet' from 'The L Word'. A feminist art expert who wants to celebrate the female form and isnt afraid to fight for the right to do so.

Reading what you said about the different response from female sex bloggers and 'real life' women, I wondered if I would have been prepared to participate if you were someone I knew face to face. I can understand the reticence of some of those real-life women. It is an incredibly personal thing. And it's not that a woman is necessarily ashamed of her pussy but possibly that she wonders about the effect having a painting of it on display, no matter how abstract, might have on other people's attitudes towards her - both personally and professionally. Whether judgements of any sort might be made about a woman's willingness to participate in such a project. Even those real-life men who are enthusiastic about the idea might show a different side of their character if a woman they knew personally was part of the exhibition. Life can be so full of double standards.

There is something incredibly sad about that last paragraph... but yet again, the project makes us address issues that we might not have otherwise.

Indigo said...

Well maybe you should start to think differently? try booking a venue and give a private showing to the kind of clientele who will appreciate your erotic art work, that way you might actually find your audience! Just a thought..

Spiky Zora Jones said...

I would figure any agllery would hang all of your art work. It's all fabulouss.

I've heard that from women...they think their vaginas are ugly. I have no character in mine...not much at all. Not like the ones youhave painted...lines and folds that make it beautiful.

There is lots of interest huh?

Ciao babes...

Loving Annie said...

I think they will work in the 'real' world, Jackie. I could definitely see them in a hip gallery in New York or San Francisco or Los Angeles...
You just have to find a very upscale place, and a gallery owner willing to have them all shown on his walls... A viewing of J.A.'S work...

I don't know how it is done in the serious art world, but I know it is done... I wish you the very best of luck with it - if you can find the right gallery, you could possibly make an enormous amount of money on it...

The whole femininity/color/flower images are so subtle and powerful, it'd work even in the most conservative home, because there is nothing crude or obvious about it.

Loving Annie

Jackie Adshead said...

Having my cake - Mmm.... I think you might be right about the feminist art expert!

I'm still investigating the double standards of how the pictures will be accepted in real life compared to the excitement in the relative obscurity and anonymity of the internet. I did wonder if you would have sent me your images so easily if I knew you in real life. And certainly having one of these images on your wall might well show a part of your personality that you might not want to show to some people in your life. Having said that, the whole point of these images is the "secrecy" of them - and whether people tell the people in their lives what the painting "actually" is! Other wise its just a brightly coloured abstract!!

And I agree - that we're addressing issues that may be challenging, but are learning through it and growing as women because of it. Its an empowerment.

Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - And its a good thought - certainly if I can't find the right gallery to exhibit these paintings, I shall look to doing it privately.

Jackie Adshead said...

Spiky - I'm not so sure any gallery would - I think they might be scared to show erotic art let alone these type of paintings!

All the vaginas I've painted are beautiful, and yet they are all constructed differently. I hope I bring out the beauty in all of them, regardless of their character (or considered lack of it!).

And yes, there's lots of interest. That's what its all about.....

Jackie Adshead said...

Loving Annie - Thankyou, I would love them to be in an upsacale art gallery, and the whole point is that all the paintings are hung together, as a collection.

Thankyou for the good luck wishes.

And I agree that they could be hung in any home and are subtle in content - to me they are not pornographic, regardless of the subject matter.

Indigo said...

Well I know which pussie is mine and for once in my life I can honestly say I'm proud of it!! So thank you for this superb opportunity in bringing together not only the wicked art work but making me realise how much the celebration of the female form is, I love it.. Thank you Jackie..

Jackie Adshead said...

Indigo - My pleasure, thankyou!

having my cake said...

^^^^^
Wot Indigo said! And I'm not sure I actually ever did say thank you x

Jackie Adshead said...

Having my cake - Again, its been my pleasure, thankyou!

nitebyrd said...

They most certainly should be exhibited. You need a gallery owner/operator that has vision and knows true art. There IS someone out there like that. There has to be.

Jackie Adshead said...

Nitebyrd - I hope so!

Lucy Felthouse said...

Jackie, I don't know enough about art and galleries to comment about whether the Fantasy Fannies will work in real life or not, but I think you should consider just how much success you've had since getting more contacts etc online and think, well, even if it is online you (and I, too!) have met some really cool people who appreciate what you do, so I don't think you should consider it a downer if you can't find a gallery. You should just be proud you're doing something so individual! x

Jackie Adshead said...

Lucy - Oh, I'm excited enough about the fantasy fannies, whether I find a gallery or not. I'm certainly proud of what I've achieved, and its certainly individual! What I'm just looking into now is the likelihood of the interest from other people. If it turns out that the general public aren't interested, at least I've tried. If it stays "just" as a gallery on my website, I'm more than happy with that!

And you're right, I have met some incredibaly interesting people online.

Anonymous said...

But I won't be buying it!

Jackie Adshead said...

Anonymous - No, Ok, I understand that not everyone wants that sort of art hanging on their walls. But for those that do, they have the chance to buy it from me.