SOLO EXHIBITION: Welcome to the Yoniverse
WHEN: 16 February - 30 March 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday 23 February 6-8 pm
ARTIST TALK: Saturday 26 February 1-3 pm
WHERE: Darling Square Community Bank
Shop NE12, 11 Little Pier Street (Crn of Littler Pier and Harbour Streets)
HAYMARKET NSW 2000
Yoni Art is an empowerment of the body for the owner of the Yoni (vagina). It is smashing the beauty standards set for what is beautiful and normal when it comes to genitalia. A full-powered stance on the oppression of sexuality and gender, Yoni art depicts the vulva in all its majestic beauty, power, mystery and uniqueness.
Oppression of the feminine can be traced through the traditional art canon by looking at the representation of the female body in western art.
Female nude imagery, by design, was intended to celebrate the female body in relation to the sis male. The female sex organ is omitted or covered, for the sake of decency, whilst the male nude shows his genitalia or manhood. The shapely curves and breasts of the feminine figure are on display to meet the ideal of what is femininity (from the perspective of the sis male) however her sacred sexual organ, her power and connection to the mysteries of creation, is gone. This style of voyeurism in art was created for the enjoyment and viewing pleasure of the male whilst robbing the female of her power. This is also known as ’the male gaze’ within art and is a signifier of a patriarchal society.
I would like to take a moment to acknowledge that Yoni art is a safe space for all Yoni’s no matter the gender you identify with or be it no gender at all. Every-body can celebrate, love and connect with the Yoni through Yoni art." - Katie Lloyd
Exploring the Empowering Beauty of yoni Art with Katie Lloyd:
"Perhaps there’s no art subject more depicted - and yet at the same time taboo – than the vagina. Since the dawn of time, man has created sculptures of lady parts, yet it remains a shocking or of-ten-censored subject.
In the 60s and 70s pioneering feminist artists like Betty Dodson and Judy Chicago set the vagina agenda with their paradigm-shifting works, that unapologetically represented the vulva in all its glory.
Today contemporary male artists from Jamie McCartney’s 2006 Great Wall of Vagina to Greg Taylor’s 2009 CUNTS… and other conversations, have attempted to resurrect the vagina as an art subject matter, albeit through a distinctly male gaze – and in a manner designed to provoke.
But who are the female artists reimagining the vaginal theme for a new generation?
Enter Alexandra Florschutz, Laüra Hollick and Katie Lloyd. These artists are painting and drawing the vagina in a way that’s aligned with their own feminine essence and ensuring ‘yoni art’ is emerging as one of art’s most profound and empowering trends. Let’s take a deeper dive into the empowering beauty of yoni art.
"My name is Katie Lloyd and I am a queer visual artist from Nimbin, Australia. I am a mixed medium artist predominantly using the mediums of watercolour, acrylic and ink. I create art around issues of gender, sexuality and the female experience.
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