CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws, 2012 © Sophia Wallace
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CLITERACY 100 Natural Laws is a text installation created from neon, wood, acrylic and vinyl. The first work in the ongoing series CLITERACY, it is 10 x 13 feet. The 100 Natural Laws explore a paradox; the hyper sexualization of female gendered bodies in the context of scientific ignorance and cultural taboo. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon in 1969, but it took another 29 years for the anatomy of the clitoris to be discovered. Few realize the clitoris is like an iceberg, similar in scale to the penis, and comprised of erectile tissue. This organ, which exists solely for pleasure and is present in half of all humans (half of all mammals, too), is absent in visual representation. CLITERACY offers new language, disrupting gender hierarchies and sexual binaries.The project takes aim at the false logic of society that often pathologizes sex for pleasure and locates shame – both literally and symbolically – in the female genitals. CLITERACY upholds that all bodies are entitled to pleasure, which is fundamental to full citizenship. The 100 Laws reference and remix diverse sources from psychoanalysis to hip-hop lyrics. Intended to be viewed in public space, the project engages art audiences and mobilizes masses.