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Artist Jacqueline Secor’s Vagina Paintings Are Everything You’re Allowed To See Today

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  •  March 1, 2017

 

Oh, Vagina. The Colorful Vagina. The Decorated Vagina. 

Artist Jacqueline Secor’s artwork comprises of decorative female genitals to make a point.

Under her series “The Diversity of Nature,” Jacqueline is drawing vulvae illustrations.

 

 

Jacqueline is suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. Initially, she would feel shy during the physical examinations, however, with her artwork, she says she could overcome the feeling. She told The HuffPost, “Painting vulvae, focusing on details of women’s bodies, even the parts that are ‘supposed’ to be hidden, does sometimes feel like a small act of resistance ― a way of saying that women don’t need to hide, that we deserve a place, not just in the art world, but in every sector.”

 

Underneath and front view of model. Diversity of Nature Mixed media 6×6″ ?Thank you models? Best. Worst. Perfect. Gross. These are words that are too often used to describe female bodies. Women and girls face daily criticisms, not over the quality of their accomplishments or the content of their hearts, but of the bodies they were born in. Judgement comes in many forms and from many directions, but worst of all, women criticize themselves and their own bodies. This series creates a space free from comparisons, where each body is honored in its originality and individuality. It is my hope that in the face of such beauty, there will be no room left for comparison. #nature #art #naturelovers #birth #mixedmedia A post shared by Jacqueline Secor (@jacquelinesecorart) on

 

Every Vagina that Jacqueline draws is different in shape and size proving that there is nothing called a ‘perfect woman’s body.’

One look at her illustrations and you will notice many flowers, butterflies and other elements of Mother Nature adorning Vaginas. The artist spends approximately 25 to 35 hours on each painting and uses acrylic paint, watercolor, ink and pastels.

 

 

Wondering how do her spectators react? She said, “They said that seeing their most intimate body parts represented on canvas helped them deal with their own secret insecurities.”

 

 

She added, “Even today ― despite the prevalence of female nudes in art museums, despite the accessibility to pornography ― there is still tremendous pressure on women to hide themselves, to be ashamed of whatever doesn’t conform to societal standards of beauty and propriety. It’s part of this strange dichotomy that culture has created for women: reveal and conceal. On one hand, we’re always supposed to reveal enough of ourselves to be sexually attractive, but simultaneously we’re expected to conceal our bodies, our opinions, and, ultimately, I believe, our power.”

You’re doing a wonderful job, Jacqueline. Keep going!

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