Birthed Again

Molly And I worked on this piece together as an interactive fabric sculpture. We created a political piece that mainly addressees the idea of the female genitalia. With the political issues that have risen with feminism and women’s rights recently, we felt it would be appropriate to create this. The vaginal orifice is made by two pieces of draping fabric so that a human can pass through the vagina, therefore being born again. We used the colors black and white to bring contrast; the vagina, the urethra and the clitoris were black, and the vaginal orifice, and the inner labia were made with white fabric. The black fabric was symbolic to us in the fact that there is more negative stigma towards the vagina and the urethra, and the clitoris, and black is seen as an impure color, therefore giving the idea that the piece itself is somewhat impure. The white for the vaginal orifice gave the idea of “light at the end of the tunnel” and gave a more direct idea of people going through the vagina to be birthed again. In the photos, Annie was a model for me, and was willing to let me photograph her being birthed through this installation as she would if she was really being birthed. I think that actually seeing a person going through the piece gave it a stronger feeling as a viewer. If I could redo this piece, I would use red coloring or some more realistic color. I would also build it bigger so that it would be easier to pass through. I think it would have also been a cool idea to have the piece as a tunnel you would have to walk through in order to be birthed through the vagina. I really enjoyed making this piece and I think that it really makes a statement about our current standing on the female body in society.

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Author: Ffion Collinsworth

Im just here to get an education so I can educate the rest of the world on how to art

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