I like imagining my artworks in places where they inspire and provoke open, open-minded, honest, exciting conversations between women and between women and men. This could take place in medical practices, in other spaces dedicated to women and their health, as well as in art exhibitions or locations for mindful gatherings, or, of course, in the intimacy of your private space. For you personally, a piece of Yoni art can serve as a symbol and reminder of your unique beauty and grace, or as a gift dedicated to your partner in love and life.
As I observe the resonance of my work since I began creating Yoni art in late 2018, I have noticed that these works seem to “loosen the tongue” and invite conversation. Questions and feelings arise about oneself, one’s self-esteem, a sense of personal value, anatomy, aging, giving birth, trauma, illness, sex, lust, love . . . just to mention a few topics. And once we start to really talk to each other and we begin to find words for things for which we had no words before, we begin to create something new and we participate in actively re-defining (our) womanhood.
In her essay/book VULVA: The discovery of the invisible sex, author Mithu M. Sanyal claims, “Over many thousands of years essential aspects of femininity have been defamed and oppressed, in day to day life, medicine, mythology, religion, literature and arts. What has been holy became devil incarnate and finally wasn’t worth mentioning.” This has been and continues to be a way of exerting power. The mere fact that we are still lacking words to talk about our genitals and intimate places without shame points to this, especially words we like.
How are women seen in societies around the world?
How do we as women see ourselves?
Where are we positioned in society? And which role do we want?
Do I embrace myself, as I am?