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Not painting my vagina / Ne pas peindre mon vagin

2012 . 05 . 14 - Comments / Commentaires (7)

Crime Against Nature may be a bunch of paintings of animals, but it’s really all about me…and probably you too. 

Même si les tableaux du Crime contre la nature sont tous des images d’animaux, ma nouvelle série est avant tout un exploration de ma vie…et de la vôtre aussi sans doute.

Among black swans, males sometimes pair-bond with other males. These couples tend to be successful as parents since the combined strength of two males allows the swans to maintain a larger nesting territory. They acquire eggs to raise either by briefly forming a trio with a female or by taking over the nest of a heterosexual couple.

To learn more about endometriosis, go here.

Parmi les cygnes noirs, parfois les mâles forment des couples avec d’autres mâles. Ces couples ont tendance à avoir du succès en tant que parents car la force de deux mâles permet aux cygnes de maintenir un plus grand territoire. Ils acquièrent des œufs soit en invitant une femelle à partager leur nid pendant un moment ou par la prise en charge du nid d’un couple hétérosexuel.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’endométriose, visonnez cette vidéo.

painting of a pair of black swans

Gwenn Seemel
Happily ever after (Black swan) / Il était une fois (Le cygne noir)
acrylic on panel / acrylique sur bois
10 x 10 inches / 25 x 25 centimètres
(detail below / détail plus bas)

un cygne noir

- Pity versus understanding
- Queer
- On being an artist and a feminist

- Instead of competition / Au lieu de la compétition
- Making a choice / Faire le choix
- Between life and death / Entre la vie et la mort

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(7) Comments / Commentaires: Not painting my vagina / Ne pas peindre mon vagin

-- Amylee (Paris) -- 2012 . 05 . 15 --

J’aime beaucoup les détails et les motifs qui se dégagent du sujet. C’est superbe !

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 05 . 16 --

Merci Amylee!

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-- CJY -- 2012 . 05 . 16 --

Fabulous Gwenn. I don’t feel particularly marginalized but sometimes I get a little bit bugged. My husband and I are childless by choice and I think sometimes it is an eyebrow raiser which I find to be pretty ridiculous in this day and age.I have huge admiration for folks who have kids and do a great job raising them to be good people. but I have just as much respect for those of us who choose not to pro-create. I know your situation in quite a bit different - just thought I would share mine.
Great video - very well said.

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 05 . 16 --

@CJY:  I would think it’s harder (socially speaking) to be someone who has chosen to live child-free than to be someone like me.  At least when people make comments about my needing to get with the breeding, all I have to do is mention infertility and they usually stop trying to force their choices on me immediately!

Thank you for your feedback and support.  It’s muchly appreciated!

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-- Kelly in AK -- 2012 . 05 . 17 --

Irreverent to the end, every time I see the title of this entry I think “what color?” As in what color would you paint your vagina. 

...and I am a childless nearly 50 year old woman. Yeah, you can imagine the labels and the pity.  And my freedom to buy every color of bead, yarn and paint I want! 

Dear god.  I called myself nearly fifty instead of fortysomething.  urp.

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 05 . 18 --

@Kelly:  I just had a thought about how irreverent talking about painting my vagina is…or isn’t.

Imagine if a man talked about painting his penis.  It has a totally different feel.  I wonder if that’s because male and female sexuality are viewed so differently.  Or is it because the feminist artists of the 60s made vagina art into a platform for talking about women’s issues and also for talking about sexuality more generally?  Or did this start earlier?  Is this something to do with how we understand images of the female form versus images of the male form?

In any case, thank you for being irreverent with me! smile

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-- Kelly in AK -- 2012 . 05 . 18 --

For me it’s related to the 60’s feminist art and the cult of motherhood/goddess stuff that is alive and kicking here in small town Alaska.  Maybe it’s like clothing…a woman can wear menswear but a man generally can’t wear women’s clothing.  A painted penis just isn’t ‘done’.

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