'The Vulva Series', is a digital collage series, reflecting on trauma, desire and the troubling medical history of the vulva. I created this series after attending an online Vulva Visual Poetry workshop through the Vagina Museum. We were encouraged to create empowering love letters to our vulvas through visual poerty. During the poetry I created a very messy, rage fuelled collage, full of mixed ideas and a vary raw response to the brief. My relationship to my body is very complicated. After the workshop I created this series, each piece a paired down version focusing on a partilcuar aspect of my reaction in the original collage.

A square digital collage. The background is a colourful, sparkling space image, black background with pin prick glitter dots amongst those are slightly larger glowing red and blue orbs. There is a back rhombus or diamond shape. At the centre is a drawing of a fig half in muted tones. The fig looks like a vulva. The words "I am sorry" are in line with the fig, which sits between the "am" and "sorry".

I am sorry

digital collage, July 2020

TW: allusions to sexual assault

During the workshop I tried to write an empowering love note to my vulva as instructed. But the words "I am sorry" were stuck in my head. "I am sorry" about what you have been through. I am sorry about the illnesses you have. I am sorry about your faulty connective tissues. I am sorry you will never experience birth. I am sorry for what others have done to you and for what I have let happen. I am sorry that we weren't believed. And I am sorry that we can't forget. I'm sorry your desire has been neglected. But I want to love you, prolapses, dysfunction and all. 

A rectangle digital collage. The background picture is a photo taken in space mostly black with space pin prick stars and planets. Down the centre of the image is a yellow cloudlike structure like the gases that surround a black hole. At the centre of it is a moon misshapen into an oval, like an egg. Either side of the egg moon are drawn cut outs of fingers pointing towards it. The words "make space for your desire" in black font are written from top to bottom over the cloud. The moon between the words "your" and "desire."

Make space for your desire

digital collage, July 2020

TW: sexual content 

 

Tend to you moonbean. Normalise and celebrate women's desire. And normalise disabled desire. 

 

When you live in a body that hurts all of the time making space for your own desire and pleasure isn't always easy.  I vow to make space for my desire.

A square digital collage. The background is a colourful, sparkling space image, black background with pin prick glitter dots. There is a rhombus or diamond shape inside the space with a purple space background resembling the spiral cloud shapes around a blackhole. In the middle is a thin long oval shape of dark pink clouds. To either side of the oval are illustrations of old white men in suits looking at the oval in wonderment. The men to the left are light up in pink, the men to the right are light up in purple and neon green. In the top left if the square a newspaper cut out of text is stuck, reading "There are many myths about the space below your belly button."

There are many myths

digital collage, July 2020