Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises
Holly Stewart, a grandmother from Kanasas, USA, quilted giant penises for an exhibition at the University of Kansas City entitled “Local Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises”. Funding for the exhibition invitations was secured via this Kickstarter campaign.
In her Kickstarter video the artist has explained how her interest in decorative members sparked from her time working in a sex toy factory:
I was looking on Craigslist for jobs and I saw an ad for a position that was sex positive and I had to know what that was. When I looked at it it was to be a de-molder in a dildo factory. I just knew I needed to be able to tell my grandchildren I had even applied to be a de-molder in a dildo factory. When I got the job it was even better.
I love the impact of these objects, the oversized brightly coloured phallic sculptures are as affirmative as they are transgressive. I particularly like the carnivalesque quality to the works.
Apparently, these sculptures formed a part of Stewart’s MA exhibition in which she appropriates the penis as a symbol of power whilst “contextualizing her work within ‘third wave’ feminist theory.
It’s a shame that Stewart only found internet fame with these works because of the novelty factor associated with them but if this brings her work to a wider audience it can’t be a bad thing.