For the last six months I've been creating an environment, a looming, wild entanglement of a thirty-foot yarn forest inhabited by hundreds and hundreds small, intimate sculptures made of peanut butter candy wrappers, plaster, paint and various materials of glitter and shine - all embodying the female form, the Vagina.
The process of creating the Forest has been very instinctual, intimate, and introspective. Throughout this artistic process I have experienced a spectrum of emotion. The idea of making the installation into a forest served a very magical and sensual theme. I chose to create 6 Branches for the Forest - each one representing an emotion: sadness, retention, resolve, zeal, curiosity and exhaustion.
Dancing dragon holds sadness and slumps in a dancing form. Lilac worm holds retention. Spilling stair is resolve. Snaking-snake is zeal, like a hot fire cracker.
The last two Branches are the cobra and the lazy caterpillar. Cobra looks very tired and I think my exhaustion instilled itself into the cobra. Cobra, although very beautiful and maybe kind of Mongolian looking, slumps over as if it is making a very long and tiresome journey.
The lazy caterpillar is the biggest Branch and it's emotion is curiosity. The shape of the lazy caterpillar has a very curious form and movement. I think I chose curiosity because this last branch was planned to be a perfect arch, but turned out completely different.
For each of these Branches I made a rough blueprint to understand what I wanted in shape, but my practice is predominantly based off of experimenting and using impulse.
Looking at the installation, I truly see myself in it through color, texture and energy. All of the colors that are in this Vagina Forest kind-of harken back to being an adolescent and getting my hair dyed by different women at Blue Monkey Hair Salon.
The installation is meant to be viewed as in it's entirety, but don't forget that each branch is also its own being.