A couple months ago, I submitted 4 of my self-portraits (from the original, failed, 365 study) to a group called S.W.E.A.T (Society for Women in Erotic Art Today), for consideration for an upcoming exhibition. I had no idea what the exhibition would be, and was pretty sure my self-portraits wouldn’t be accepted. After all, though I did my best to choose 4 shots that fit the “erotic” theme, none of them were nude, and none of them evoked the word “erotic” to me. ”Sexy” maybe, but not “erotic”.
But apparently, someone found one of my pieces worthy of the show, because the piece below (titled “Open”) was chosen to exhibit with the S.W.E.A.T group at the Detroit, MI Dirty Show! I’m super excited, and honored, to have been selected to be a part of both the show, and the group of women exhibiting at the show. This is my first ever gallery show, both as a model and a photographer, so it’s an incredible opportunity for me.
I went today and had the print (which I titled, signed, dated, and numbered) framed. Shout out to Blue Cube Imaging for the amazing printing and matting, because, as expected, the work was top-notch! Here’s the print in it’s frame, as well as a close up of my title and signature.
If you’re interested in purchasing a matted print like this, let me know. I’m selling the framed one at the Dirty Show for $175, but would be willing to do $150 for the matted print without the frame. I will only print 50 of these, and since I’ve printed 2 already, there are only 48 more 11×14″ (matted at 16×20″) signed and numbered prints available. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to purchase one.
I do plan on going to the show, but I am not sure when I’m going yet. I’ll likely be posting about that when I make my plans.
From the press release about S.W.E.A.T and the Dirty Show:
For the first time ever the Society for Women in Erotic Art Today (S.W.E.A.T.) will be participating in an exhibition to showcase their artists – a group of females who specialize in the visual art of erotica. In this historical debut, more than thirty S.W.E.A.T. artists from around the world will be featured by The Dirty Show® with a special exhibit in its upcoming Detroit show from February 11th through February 19th, 2011.
“Women are traditionally expected to be the subject of erotica – or at least part of the scene – an expectation usually held by both men and women who view erotica,” Gilcrest says. “It’s an interesting phenomenon that we tend to be surprised when we hear that a woman has actually produced erotica and even more surprised when we see that many women portray erotic scenes in a much different way than men.” Gilcrest went on to explain: “S.W.E.A.T. was designed to promote women in a field they’re generally underrepresented in and we were thrilled when The Dirty Show® approached us to offer a venue to recognize our artists’ erotic works.”
“There has always been a substantial female presence on the walls at The Dirty Show®, but with the addition of S.W.E.A.T. artists the mix will be a lot closer to equal,” said Jerry Vile, Dirty Producer. “For all I know, this time the males may be a minority in the show (we don’t keep tabs). I think this is going to turn out to be something important – and like most things that become important, you might not know it was until years later. I am proud that The Dirty Show® is where they decided to debut.”