2. Always Turned On
[Three separate sculptures, all appear in unlit spaces. They are all made of clear glass tubing filled with argon gas, glowing with a variety of colors, mounted to the wall. Blockout painted tubing and cables are shown in the glow behind the lit portion of the glass tubing. Each sculpture depicts a torso with breasts. The sizing words below (lopsided, large, small) represent comparisons between the sculptures]
[The breasts are slightly lopsided, with the contours of the nipples facing slightly away from each other. The diagonal length of tubing demonstrates an upper leg facing up. The belly and breast lines emit a white glow, while the nipples and leg emit a pinkish-red glow. The concrete wall behind the mounted sculpture has shallow vertical lines carved into them, perhaps made by a manufacturer or by an industrial process]
[The large breasts are hanging forward such that the belly is barely seen. The breast lines emit a white glow, while the nipples emit a light pink glow. The sculpture is mounted on the wall, onto plexiglass, where a reflection of the lit tubing can be seen. Two downwards sloping lines curve towards the crotch of the figure]
[The small breasts face forward, belly folding slightly around the ribs. Two diagonal lengths of tubing delineating two legs point straight upwards and away from the crotch area in opposite directions. The breast and belly lines emit a white glow, while the nipples emit a light pink glow, and the legs emit a pinkish-red glow. The concrete wall behind the mounted sculpture has shallow vertical lines carved into them, perhaps made by a manufacturer or by an industrial process]
Always Turned On, 2016.
10mm clear glass tubing, argon gas, mercury, HT cable, power supply.
Fabricated by the artist.
The Always Turned On series explores female sexual agency and its relationship to digital culture. The sculptures are based on original stills taken from amateur pornography. The images were selected on the basis of passing two criteria:
1. The women had to be alone.
2. She had to be pleasuring herself.
By depicting a woman experiencing genuine sexual pleasure, alone and for herself, the work presents an alternative to the normative cultural depictions of women’s sexual pleasure as seen through the male gaze for male consumption.