The Wonderfully Disturbing Work Of Geneviève Santerre (NSFW)

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French artist Geneviève Santerre‘s body of work is, well, about the body. Explicitly erotic, her work is shocking and provocative. It speaks to central concerns about women’s bodies and sexuality in general. From human-animal-creature genital hybrid sculptures to bronze cast vaginas to a pair of discharge-soaked underwear hand stitched with the words “shit happens” to a tangled and suspended speculum to a performance piece wherein she wears a Niqab adorned with silicon vaginal molds, Santerre is by no means subtle. Her work is direct and compelling, challenging the viewer with something powerfully resonant yet potentially disturbing. Santerre pushes boundaries, asking us to reflect on recontextualized sexual images.

Santerre explains in her statement, “Belonging to a generation that is supposedly open sexually, I wonder why this jubilation is considered taboo. Despite some improvements since the feminist movement in the 1960’s, contemporary society remains patriarchal and regards women as objects, while frowning upon sexually open women. 

I admire British artist Tracey Emin, whose honesty has given me permission to use my own experiences and body to communicate. In addition to installation and performance, sculptures’ physicality engages me most and connects more tangibly with the outside world. I use found images to create assemblages, as well as photography and drawing. My work recontextualizes topics that seem unrelated, such as fast food and pornography. Both subjects are attractive, immediate, accessible, diverse, inexpensive, consumable, and temporarily satisfying. People no longer need to cook to eat or charm another to have sex: instant gratification. 

My work provokes and overwhelms in order to draw or repel the viewer’s attention. I am interested in the diversity of viewer response; the same work may shock and embarrass one viewer, while it intrigues and liberates others.”

 

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  • Geneviève

    wow, thank you for this beutiful article about my work!!! I’m gratefull!