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I am currently in my final year in NCAD, studying ceramics, which I love. Porcelain is may material of choice. I love it for it's ethereal beauty, translucent qualities and challanging properties. More info and photos coming soon, I'm waiting to get some profesional photos taken in a few weeks!
My work is strongly political and inspired by the invention of Japanese tentacle pornography.
It all began when I typed in 'tentacle' to Google Images. 90% of the images that showed up consisted of violent tentacle porn. Tentacle porn has been around for centuries, but only became hugely popular in 1980, when a Japanese animator named Maeda wanted to make an erotic anime called Urotsuki. However, at the time, Japanese law forbade anatomically explicit pornographic drawings. Illustrators were always looking for ways to get around the law, so, instead of depicting an erect penis, Maeda depicted brutal tentacles.
Moreover, it was illegal to show couples taking part in sex where the man penetrates the woman with his penis for mutual pleasure, but it was perfectly legal to show tentacle rape. This contradiction of censorship fascinated me. The restrictions on the latter substantially caused the former: the return of the repressed as huge, aggressive tentacles...and this is what I found to be most fascinating.
The tentacles in my work symbolise sexual repression. I am very worried about contemporary sexuality, with women still derogated for acting sexual and mainstream pornography becoming more and more brutal. I pay a lot of attention to the media, which further influences my work. I use casts of my own body parts to express how this state of deformed sexuality is affecting me. Originally, for my pieces I used white earthenware clay, but now I am using very thin porcelain to achieve translucency, shadow and finer detail. The tentacles are hand built with each sucker individually placed onto the piece. I aim to create work that is both beautiful and rather disturbing and am fascinated by the conflicting reactions my work evokes; some shudder, some think it is beautiful. I also aim to provoke discussion and debate with my work on urgent issues that I find are often overlooked.