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 donâ€™t know what they look like down there â€“ 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 Iâ€™m delighted. Iâ€™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.