#1 I'm the vaginal knitting artist-and I want to defend my work.12-18-2013, 12:17 PM
I'm the 'vaginal knitting' perfomance artist – and I want to defend my work
A couple of years ago, three separate friends told me that they’d dreamt of me the previous night. My cameo appearances weren’t spectacular (in my friend Meg’s dream, I was cast as a taxation specialist) but the coincidence struck me as poignant. That ephemeral images of me had floated unbidden into three distinct dream worlds made me feel, somehow, that I existed more solidly in this one.
Over the past two weeks, over 3.5m people have watched the YouTube clip shot by SBS2 documenting my 28 day performance piece, Casting Off My Womb, at Darwin’s DVAA. The short clip, which SBS2 titled Vaginal Knitting, gives an overview of the work in which I used skeins of wool lodged in my vaginal tunnel to knit a long passage, marking one full menstrual cycle
My image and work have been consumed, contemplated and commented on by millions across the globe. It’s interesting then, and gives an insight into the performance’s heart, that all of this electronic crackle and buzz has not altered my identification with it at all. My image and imagery of my work has zipped through minds from Nigeria to Taiwan to Finland yet, in many ways, the personal impact has been less than the dreams of a few friends that I felt marked me more firmly into existence.
The response to the clip was immediate, massive and, for the most part, negative, marked with fear and repulsion. The word "ick" features heavily, as do "eww", "gross" and "whyyyy?". Exclamation points are afforded entire comment boxes, broken only by the odd question mark. Everything comes in for criticism; the menstrual blood used in the work probably cops the most, but viewers have taken swipes at my hair-cut, my eyebrows, my skin, my home-city, my choice of words, my knitting technique and the colour of my shirt. The nature of the response wasn’t unexpected, but the scale of it was and it’s been fascinating to watch.
Words fail me.I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
12-18-2013, 12:27 PMThe short clip, which SBS2 titled Vaginal Knitting, gives an overview of the work in which I used skeins of wool lodged in my vaginal tunnel to knit a long passage, marking one full menstrual cycle.
Oh honey ... get a life woman, or better yet, take your own!American By Choice ~ 1980
12-18-2013, 12:57 PM
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I'm an enthusiastic knitter, but I have my limits."Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
12-18-2013, 01:03 PM
Sonna ~ IIRC, you are the member from Australia in here ...
I have a feeling this fool woman is a former resident of California. No?
Aussies just can't be that brainless!
~ ABCAmerican By Choice ~ 1980
12-18-2013, 04:57 PM
Only two things come to mind.
Too much time on her hands ...
and not enough medication ...CU's Paranormal Expert.
Keep your powder dry, your sword sharp and your wits intact.
12-19-2013, 07:52 AM
Some good replies:
jberryhill (32,431 posts)
9. It's more of a crafting project, like my candles
I save my earwax and belly button lint for a year.
Then, I twist the lint into a strand, mold the wax around it, and put it on my birthday cake.1000words (798 posts)
23. Are you saying there's something fishy about the story?
jberryhill (32,431 posts)
63. I'm not going down that slippery slope with you
1000words (798 posts)
97. Forgive me, I didn't mean to be lippy.K.O. Stradivarius (79 posts)
24. Final Jeopardy question: "Shit You Can't Make Up".1000words (798 posts)
29. This one time, at knitting camp ...cliffordu (30,535 posts)
104. Hey....Can I lick this on Facebook?aristocles (434 posts)
37. Stupid runs rampant in this worldkaiden (1,092 posts)
51. I knit, but I knit outside the box.indie9197 (231 posts)
61. Where's the Volvo she keeps talking about? n/tMNBrewer (7,694 posts)
95. THat's not vaginal knitting! It's conventional knitting ...
using yarn that has been stored in a vagina.
I might have been impressed if she actually knitted with her vagina.Star Member RiffRandell (3,937 posts)
168. That's digusting and she deserves every insult she got and more.
What an embarrassment to women. Maybe she's substituting that yarn for something else that's lacking in her life. Wouldn't surprise me.
What a freak.Star Member Botany (36,933 posts)
198. If you are making vagina art when you are menstruating would that art be called a ....
.... period piece?
12-19-2013, 09:39 AM
I will never be able to watch my daughters knit again, without thinking of this moron...
The bad part is... I knit, too.
But without a vagina, I would have to... use a spindle to hold the yarn??
Sorry about that.
I will go and jab myself now with knitting needles, until the thoughts of this subject are driven from my mind.
BBSocial Order at the expense of Liberty is hardly a bargain - Marquis de Sade
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