There was a time in art history where women were only seen from a voyeur’s perspective. The viewer gazing upon a woman or group of women who appeared unaware of the attention. And then suddenly the women looked out to the viewer, real models, displaying themselves. Now, with selfie culture the women gaze upon themselves. And they curate what the viewer sees. Through make-up and editing. But there is one part of themselves that they cannot really see well. That is, their own vagina from behind, except in a reflection. In this way, the women are depicted as through a voyeurs perspective.
The women depicted on the mural are taken from photos sourced through a popular website, where women from around the world pose nude showcasing their tattoos, piercings and manicured hair.
Initially, nineteen images were exhibited during the February 2011 performance of the Vagina Monologues in the live venue Vinyl Underground, in Busan, SK.* Next, the figures were removed from the background and integrated into a wall mural “as pieces of fruit on the vine” in March 2011.** This installation’s concept considered South Korea’s over-packaging culture which seemed to touch everything from the food to the women themselves and hinted at the overuse of cosmetic surgery and how that may have been a result of capitalism mixing with certain Eastern-based ideals. Following this exhibit, the women were integrated (sewn) into a more transportable felt mural. The mural was temporarily displayed in Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel during a live art battle event held during the Queen West Art Crawl, in September 2011.*** In early 2012 the mural was shown in an invited solo exhibition at Dazzle, a new live music venue and bar in Busan.**** Finally this piece was shown during a temporary group exhibition at Matahari Lofts in Montreal as part of the Art Battle event held there in April, 2017.*****
*19 water-colour nudes, ‘Vagina Monologues’, Vinyl Underground, Busan
February 27th, 2011 (Temporary solo exhibition and performed: “Not So Happy Fact”)
**Fruit On the Vine, ‘Linear Landscapes’, AGIT Exhibition Space, Busan
March 12th – April 8th, 2011 (Solo painting exhibition as Artist-in-Residence)
***Observer Perspective, ‘ART Battle @ QWAC, Gladstone Hotel’, Toronto
September 16th, 2011, 9 pm
(Mural installed and performed as a painter, making it into the second round)
****Observer Perspective, ‘Transient As a Shadows Echo’ Dazzle, Busan
Feb. 13th – Mar. 10th, 2012, Opening event Feb 18th, 11pm
(Solo Painting Exhibition)
*****Observer Perspective, ‘Art Battle Montreal’, Matahari Loft, Montreal
Friday April 14th, 2017, 7:30pm
(Group exhibition and performed as a painter)
Other writing in regards to Observer Perspective:
I started painting on felt as a way to combat my nomadic lifestyle, and ended up painting nudes on watercolour, which were later sewn into a larger canvas, and given tulle skirts to cover up their private bits as a reference to the conservativeness I encountered living in Korea.