We’re surrounded with a uniform image of the vulva— in pornography, in erotic art, and even in scientific diagrams. Without access to diverse images, our culture shames women for the shapes and sizes of our labia, clitorises, and vaginas, and more and more women are encouraged to consider invasive procedures like labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The vagina as an icon is political; it can be used to make women feel objectified and judged, ... Read More
This week, the first ever middle aged man enrolled in the all-girls Wellesley College. Well, almost. As part of the artist Tony Matelli’s exhibit, which will be open for the duration of the semester, a lifelike figure titled Sleepwalker will roam the campus. Appearing from a distance like middle aged man, arms outstretched, the sculpture has already stirred controversy.
The college junior Zoe Magid is disturbed by the work, and ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 12, 2013
Haze, 2003, Plastic Straws
The materials an artist uses clearly says something about their aesthetic, but at the same time a material can be neutral enough to be transformative. Such is the case with Tara Donovan, who, by using humble, everyday materials such as plastic cups and straws, manages to create ephemeral spaces in which the viewer gets tricked. I say tricked because by utilizing utilitarian materials, Donovan provides the viewer with a passage into the ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jun 03, 2013
My Milk Toof is a series of stories inspired by baby teeth. I'd never heard of the term before, but artist Inhae Renee Lee is fascinated by "milk teeth," AKA your primary teeth. She created two itty-bitty BFF tooth characters, ickle and Lardee (intentional uncapitalization), who go on adventures in their home, sometimes with their pet fish, Carrot. ickle, the smart studious "toof," and Lardee, the plump, fun-loving "toof," are made of polymer clay and painted with ... Read More
BY Intern Lauren
on Jul 20, 2012
Think you want that pencil case? Think again—unless you get some sort of fulfillment out of carrying bricks around in your bag—because that thing is made of stone. I don't mean it lacks emotions. It is literally carved out of stone.
By using ordinary river rocks (similar to that one you may or may not have stubbed your toe on when you were tubing with your friends) as his canvas, Japanese artist Hirotoshi Itoh molds his unconventional mediums to ... Read More