Submitted to @CreativeDebuts x Ello
56 x 76 cm Ink Acrylics on paper
EXPRESSIONS OF SEXUAL FANTASIES
Edith Meijering ( 1962) is a Dutch artist who was inspired to interview men about their sexual fantasies. She then incorporated the results of her research in her artwork through images and text in “Project Roleplay”
The central tenet in the artist oeuvre this time is that explicit sexual acts are linked with personal facts and feelings. Even as a youngster Edith questioned the proper public facade. She noticed a duality between dream and behavior; she noticed the cracks in the wall of public conduct. In order to come to a deeper understanding she found subjects willing to participate in non-judgemental interviews and answer unconventional questions. She observed raw longing for intimacy and recognition as well as the variety of ways these were expressed and acted upon. The conversations included questions ans answers about sexual fantasies and their connections with happy or traumatic events during youth. Where does one draw the line when acting out fantasies ? Are the limits determined by lust and longing or by common sense ?
From concept to art
The artist choose to express every individual’s story on the same standard paper size, each time using ink, pencil and acrylic pen. The thin paint ensures the drawing-like quality, showing the human vulnerabilities behind the facade. Every artwork shows aspects of an individual’s daily life. The action speaks to the turning point in one’s fantasy, the moment just before the one step too far. Edith Meijering makes the verbal input of the subjects part of her art. This leads to poignant moments, as if an individual observes his or her own fantasy. The mirror of intimacies shows doubt, embarassement, selfcondemnation and coarse excitement. The spectator becomes participant. The storyline and images join to reveal lust and ideas belonging to one’s upbringing. Project Roleplay illustrates how people can free themselves from judgement and convention by stepping out. Stepping out of your role may lead to more intimacy and connection. Is it a paradox that we may become more free and authentic by playing a role ?
One embarrassed subject expressed it this way : “ You know, a fantasy is something you have. You don’t really choose it. You have to make do with what it is.”
Edith Meijering was born in Deventer, the Netherlands. She studied at the ARTEZ Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Kampen. Her work was part of expositions in Het Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag and various locations in Paris, London, Berlin, and München. She was artist in residence in Norway where her work is currently displayed.
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