Sexuality: bra and underwear

Are we caged into concepts of sexual arousal and pleasure by our external cultural experiences?
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Are we caged into concepts of sexual arousal and pleasure by our external cultural experiences?
A pink bra and a white pair of underwear, each cut in regular intervals, were reassembled and woven as inlay within a wire tabby weave hung from a velvet covered dowel. An upper portion of one side of the bra is left in tack to hang, perhaps provocatively, outside of the woven main body of the work. The material of wire in traditional tabby weave were selected to represent confinement and notions of normative within our culture. The bra and underwear inlays represent one’s sexuality. That which is interwoven illustrates what we absorb as traditional or expected in how we identify, what we find sexual, and how we may try to please others. That which is not interwoven represents one’s willingness to play outside of internalized norms.

Sexuality: bra and underwear

This piece, along with its sister piece, Sexuality:  red camisole, are a contemplation of internalized societal messaging around our sexuality and what we associate with sexual arousal and pleasure.  Are we caged into concepts by our external cultural experiences?  Can we break away from mental restrictions and assemble an individual understanding of what arouses and pleases? 

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