What A Load of Bollocks!
Last week I met with a friend who told me about a bike ride she had taken on her own along country lanes near where she lives. She noticed a car trailing behind her which eventually pulled up along side her. With the window down the driver was asking her to join him in his car, he was also masterbating! Panicking, she noticed two people on the opposite side of the lane and rode over to them, the driver sped off. She reported him to the police and CCTV revealed he had followed her for 7 miles. He was also known to the police and had been arrested for the same crime already.
Why am i telling you this?
I retold this story to my adult daughter, she knew this type of thing happened to me all the time as a child of the 1970's, she even blamed the 70's, I did too. I reminded her that in 1997, when I was heavily pregnant and overdue I went for a walk in my local park to try induce contractions.
It was a rainy Sunday, miserable afternoon when I was confronted by the naked man masterbating in front of me as I walked by him terified. I was alone on an empty park and all I could do was look the other way, my overlarge body could barely walk let alone run, I was just thankful he left it at that and let me pass by unharmed.
"Did you report him to the police?" my daughter asked. "No". I wasn't sure why.
27 years later and hearing my friends are still subjected to these disturbing acts which threaten women's safety in public spaces, I am inviting others to contribute to my pile of soft sculpture life size penis's with each phallus representing a single act of harassment that women are subjected to on a daily basis.
The Sexual Offences Act 2003 states:
1) A person commits an offence if—
(a) he intentionally exposes his genitals, and
(b) he intends that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress.
My hope is to dilute the secrecy around these acts by reversing the entire scenario. With me exposing this behaviour and 'playing' with individual male genitalia and exhibiting each severed phallus in a pile as an act of tossing it aside.
CONTACT ME FOR A PENIS PAPER PATTERN (pdf) ADD YOUR VOICE TO MY COLLECTION.
PDF paper pattern available
LOUISE BOURGEOIS: MAMAN (above) is a massive outdoor metal sculpture of a spider.
The artist says it is an ode to her mum who "like a spider when their web is broken, they don't get angry, they quietly rebuild" and they do this over and over and over throughout your childhood.
Is this the mother you had?
My next project I am about to embark on is about this all encompassing word MOTHER.
Tomorrow it is Mother's Day here in the UK.
In collaboration with Gillian McFarland on this project, together we want to celebrate this word and offer it up to others to join in with us. Having been blessed with eight children between us with the eldest having reached three decades and youngest in their first decade this mothering has overwhelmed the majority of our own decades.
We are only in the debating stages of what our joint creations will produce, but like Bourgeois' sculpture it will take up space and be a host to many off shoots.
IT'S fRIDAY!!! 15th January 2020
I woke early this morning, whilst making a cup of tea I saw the smile on the side of the box. I'd just been reading the booklet: 'THE INTERVENTIONISTS Users manual for the creative disruption of everyday life'. So excited to read about others who I feel think along the same lines as myself. That is, observing the awful and making the best sense of it you can. http://www.gregorysholette.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Interventionists_03_14_041.pdf
So today I stick my tongue out at the drizzle and made a smile. Now how do I turn it into PDF for you to print off?
IMAGES FOR MAKING YOUR OWN READYMADE SMILE
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A READYMADE SMILE
1. GET A BOX WITH A SMILE PRINTED ON THE SIDE ( OR DRAW YOUR OWN) AND A PAIR OF SCISSORS.
2. CUT DOWN ONE SIDE OF THE BOX
3. CUT ALONG THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE BOX
4. CUT BACK UP THE UP EDGE OF THE BOX
5. RELEASE THE SMILE FROM THE BOX AND DISPOSE OF THE REMAINDER RESPONSIBLY. (RECYCLE)
6. CAREFULLY HOLD YOUR SMILE IN FRONT OF THE OPENING ON YOUR FACE AKA YOUR MOUTH
WARNING! ALWAYS CHECK YOU ARE HOLDING THE SMILE THE RIGHT WAY UP OR YOU MAY BE IN DANGER OF SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE.
International Womans Day March 2019 participatory event
One of the passer by participants who was delighted to get involved with contributing towards creating this frida Kahlo portrait by painting a pixel with nail polish, apparently Frida used to paint with nail polish also from time to time.
The large campus advert below invited people to bring along their favourite nail polish or use one of mine. Frida is an icon to many, this Frida f ollower showed me Frida tattooed on her neck. The random nature of these events means you never know who you will meet by chance, Frida brought us together for this brief moment of a snapshot, it's interesting that our personal names were not exchanged, yet we felt connected enough to take snapshots to be uploaded to our instagram accounts, today's signature.