The fantasy fanny collection seems to have got properly off the ground now – which I am delighted about! Todate, I have ………..wait for it……………ten ……..participants! Yay!! Which makes a good set of paintings, and bodes well for the start of an interesting collection. My plan is for them to be exhibited somewhere – hopefully a gallery will be interested in them, as I would love to see them all shown together. Since this is a celebration of womanhood and the desirability of women, it should be big, bright and beautiful. And I have to make the paintings slightly abstract with a surreal twist otherwise the collection will look something like a gynaecologists convention!
But….. what to call the paintings – I’ve been thinking about it ever since the idea was first discussed. I’ve been referring to it as “Pussy portraits” or “Fanny fantasies” but I knew that wouldn’t be the finished title as I didn’t want the local cat lovers group arriving and being shocked that it wasn’t a set of paintings featuring fluffy kittens playing with balls of string. And since the word fanny means something totally different to the English than to Americans, neither did I want an Americans thinking it was of bums! Plus I didn’t want the title to particularly have the normal swear words in it, as that would make it seem derogatory – and that is CERTAINLY not my intention. So…….. on to other words……. but then there were words that have differing meanings – slits, snatches etc. and I wasn’t happy with them either. So – a bit of further investigation has come up with much better words, and included in them is what I consider to be the perfect word – one that is suitably apt for what I am doing…….. I love the old words for pussy like coint, coynte, quaint, qwaynt but my favourite of them all is queynte. Queynte is an old English word that is apparently a pun on the word “cunt” and its also from where the word “quim” is derived, and it means “many layered in-folded mystery”. How perfect is that????!!!! So the paintings will be anonymous as to the identity of the owner and will be very simply called:”Queynte 1″, “Queynte 2″, “Queynte 3″ etc.
And it’s particularly apt regarding the many layered mystery as the point of the paintings is an affirmation of the desirability of women, especially the part that a lot of women may not be wholly comfortable with, and which is normally hidden from the world. I like the idea of calling the whole collection “Shameless” as they will be without shame about their beauty and their power. They know they are desirable, that their lovers want to be there, it’s where they accept lovers, and where life starts. And in particular to this, I want the identities of the women to be a secret, so that whilst they are happy to have their pussies on show, the normal recognition of their identities and faces will be the part that’s hidden. Regarding the participants, each persons identity will remain a secret unless they wish to tell other people that they have participated, and which one is theirs.
I want to do them as a set of largish paintings of close-ups of fannies. I want them to appear to be abstract paintings, that could hang on a wall and anyone looking at them would think that itâ€™s a nice contemporary painting but then they might think it looks just like a fanny before they get a jolt when they realize that actually it IS close-up of a fanny! I want the images to be brightly coloured, with bold shapes and lines, and they will probably be slightly abstract, and each one will have the surreal twist of the hint of a naked woman drawn amongst the folds. The hidden woman is the reference to everyone having secrets, deep within them, and a reminder of the essence of what I am actually depicting within the painting, even if it does looks abstract.
The finished paintings will be 20 inches by 16 inches, so Iâ€™ll need as much detail as possible from the photographs that I will be working from, so that I can fill the painting. And since I have more to paint than I first considered, I will also have to paint them in different colours, or else it’ll look too uniform and boring when they are all exhibited together.
Oh, and I have been asked a question today – well , THE QUESTION, actually, the one that I have been expecting form someone at some point. The “Are you going to participate in this, too, Jackie?” question. And my answer? It has to be “Yes”. I have to be part of this if its going to be a celebration of women – because how can I not be part of it? But, mine, like the others, will be a secret as to which it is.
So……… now I need to find someone to take some photos for me…………… Now, who shall I ask…….???