Knitting is an activity typically associated with cute little grandmas who like to gift homemade scarves and hats to their grandchildren on birthdays and holidays, or who knit simply as a pastime while they spend their days watching reruns of the Golden Girls. However, one woman is breaking this stereotype after she began knitting a scarf with wool she stored inside of her vagina for 28 days straight, even knitting during menstruation. The woman sat at an art gallery where she knit wearing nothing but a woolen shirt as part of her a performance art piece called “Casting Off My Womb.”
Would you ever consider going to see the woman as she knits a woolen shirt with wool from her vagina? What are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comments below!
Art. Casey Jenkins is an Australian artist who first gained attention a few years ago when she began a performance art piece called “Casting Off My Womb” in which she stuck a ball of wool in her vagina and knitted a scarf for 28 days straight.
Negativity. Unsurprisingly, Jenkins’ performance art gained her a lot of attention, both positive and negative. But instead of letting the negativity get to her, Jenkins decided to turn it into more art. In yet another performance called “Programmed to Reproduce,” Jenkins collected the negative comments she got from internet trolls and read them out loud, while she knit from her vagina once again.
Challenge. “Intriguingly, most of the negative commentary came from people who presented as women, the very people who would themselves be the target of abuse if they ever stepped into the spotlight in a way not deemed to support dominant culture. It made me reflect on the immense power our society has over us; that many would rather be complicit in a system of behaviours ultimately detrimental to them, than dare to challenge it,” she wrote via ABC.net.
Idea. Jenkins’ original project, done in 2013, got a lot of attention because of how bizarre yet interesting it was. Her idea for the project was to reflect society’s expectations of people, especially women, and the way that they affect them.
Expectations. “I essentially wanted to quiet down the noise of community expectations and decide for myself what I will do with my body,” said Jenkins, as reported by Broadly.
Reactions. However not everyone agreed with Jenkins’ sentiments and were more disgusted and taken aback by her project than they were inspired or supportive. Naturally, men were the most outspoken about their reactions, although Jenkins was just as surprised to see that some women reacted just as negatively.
Attitudes. “There were thousands and thousands of comments, which were largely negative but also highly repetitive. They seemed to be reacting to headlines and parroting common social attitudes rather than formulating original thoughts,” Jenkins told Broadly.
Feedback. Most of the people that were commenting hadn’t even actually watched Jenkins’ video and had in fact just based their opinions on the headlines they saw. But instead of being intimidated by the feedback, Jenkins decided she’d find a way to incorporate it into her art.
Comments. Jenkins studied the comments, categorized them into folders like “WTF,” “Crazy,” and “Assorted Threats of Violence.” Sorting through some of the most common comments that she saw, Jenkins began knitting them into the scarf.
Open invitation. Using her menstrual blood, Jenkins died the wool red and got to work. Jenkins has decided to open up her performance art to other women and has invited them to share with her any negativity they’ve experienced just because of their gender.
Abuse. “I’m also planning to invite members of the public to submit gendered abuse that has been directed at them to be machine-knitted into art. The people perpetuating the bigotry seem just as constrained and restricted as the little gender expectation boxes they hammer on about,”Jenkins tells Broadly.
Fighting back. Thanks to the internet and the fact that people can anonymously say whatever they want without any consequences, cyber-bullying has reached an all time high. Women especially are targets for this, and any little thing they do or share on the internet is grounds for harassment. Using her art, Jenkins is hoping to combat this.
Shame. “We’re all bound and tethered to the patriarchal machine by fear of shame or hunger for social approval and compelled to behave and speak in very limited ways.” says Jenkins, as reported by Broadly.
Website. You can visit Jenkins’ website to view all of her art projects and read more about her. Just remember to leave nice comments!
You. What do you think about Jenkins’ art work? Does it inspire you? Share your thoughts with us!
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