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I Am Made Whole 3 by PLAID-IPUS
I Am Made Whole 3
I Am Made Whole 3, welded wire armature, paper pulp, and encaustic wax, 2014

This piece in the I Am Made Whole series was different. For starters its looks better on the ground then the wall. And second after I was done with it I realized I had accidentally made a very large vagina. Yup now you all can see it if you didn't already now you can't unsee it. Despite my initial bemusement this piece actually set me up to start thinking critically about the specifically abject female body. Which I had been resisting previously so there you go my little story about how accidental vaginas can change you life :p
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Plan-B Betty Doll - Detail by PLAID-IPUS
Plan-B Betty Doll - Detail
Plan-B Betty Detail , 14" tall, cheesecloth, latex rubber, felt, tulle, rhinestones and spray paint, 2014

This body of work just called the Dolls for now are a series of faux sexual educational dolls designed to teach their fictional adolescent female owners how to control or correct their changing bodies in a socially acceptable way. The series explores the often unfair or even questionable burdens and expectations society places upon the female body especially as she transitions from girl to woman. The idea is based around the idea of the doll as teaching aid and means of self-expression. For children dolls/toys are projections of themselves. These dolls with their raw damaged flesh and purposefully clumsy makeshift bodies are meant to represent how dirty or ugly society makes girls feel for their changing often leaking bodies (aka periods) In addition society's answer to the so-called problematic and out of control female body are often just as absurd. The accessories pictured with each dolls represent one of the answers society offers to fix a so-called problem. The accessories are purposefully overcompensating (with cuteness) the horror of the bodies they adorn in order to demonstrate the inadequacy of such methods to somehow "fix" the girl.

I have purposefully left the mature content option off because it goes against the concept of my piece. Further hiding of the abject female form will only increase our societal fear or disgust for it. Only by acknowledging something can we begin to understand it and thus no longer fear it. Thank you for your understanding.
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Purity Ring Pamela Doll by PLAID-IPUS
Purity Ring Pamela Doll
Purity Ring Pamela, 36" long, cheesecloth, latex rubber, felt, rhinestones and spray paint, 2014

For those of you who don't know a purity ring a ring worn by girls and young women as a public declaration of abstinence before marriage. It's practice began among Roman Catholics but has since spread among many of the other Christian religions.

This body of work just called the Dolls for now are a series of faux sexual educational dolls designed to teach their fictional adolescent female owners how to control or correct their changing bodies in a socially acceptable way. The series explores the often unfair or even questionable burdens and expectations society places upon the female body especially as she transitions from girl to woman. The idea is based around the idea of the doll as teaching aid and means of self-expression. For children dolls/toys are projections of themselves. These dolls with their raw damaged flesh and purposefully clumsy makeshift bodies are meant to represent how dirty or ugly society makes girls feel for their changing often leaking bodies (aka periods) In addition society's answer to the so-called problematic and out of control female body are often just as absurd. The accessories pictured with each dolls represent one of the answers society offers to fix a so-called problem. The accessories are purposefully overcompensating (with cuteness) the horror of the bodies they adorn in order to demonstrate the inadequacy of such methods to somehow "fix" the girl.
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Slender Suzie Doll by PLAID-IPUS
Slender Suzie Doll
Slender Suzie, 36" long, cheesecloth, latex rubber, felt, shrink wrap and spray paint, 2014

To clarify this is rather cheeky play on the phrase "Puking Your Guts Out" Suzie's guts can all fit back inside herself ready and waiting to puke them out again and again and again. Whatever it takes to maintain that "girlish" figure.

This body of work just called the Dolls for now are a series of faux sexual educational dolls designed to teach their fictional adolescent female owners how to control or correct their changing bodies in a socially acceptable way. The series explores the often unfair or even questionable burdens and expectations society places upon the female body especially as she transitions from girl to woman. The idea is based around the idea of the doll as teaching aid and means of self-expression. For children dolls/toys are projections of themselves. These dolls with their raw damaged flesh and purposefully clumsy makeshift bodies are meant to represent how dirty or ugly society makes girls feel for their changing often leaking bodies (aka periods) In addition society's answer to the so-called problematic and out of control female body are often just as absurd. The accessories pictured with each dolls represent one of the answers society offers to fix a so-called problem. The accessories are purposefully overcompensating (with cuteness) the horror of the bodies they adorn in order to demonstrate the inadequacy of such methods to somehow "fix" the girl.

I have purposefully left the mature content option off because it goes against the concept of my piece. Further hiding of the abject female form will only increase our societal fear or disgust for it. Only by acknowledging something can we begin to understand it and thus no longer fear it. Thank you for your understanding.
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Brassiere Barbara Doll by PLAID-IPUS
Brassiere Barbara Doll
Brassiere Barbara, 14" tall, cheesecloth, latex rubber, bra, felt, tulle, rhinestones and spray paint, 2014

This body of work just called the Dolls for now are a series of faux sexual educational dolls designed to teach their fictional adolescent female owners how to control or correct their changing bodies in a socially acceptable way. The series explores the often unfair or even questionable burdens and expectations society places upon the female body especially as she transitions from girl to woman. The idea is based around the idea of the doll as teaching aid and means of self-expression. For children dolls/toys are projections of themselves. These dolls with their raw damaged flesh and purposefully clumsy makeshift bodies are meant to represent how dirty or ugly society makes girls feel for their changing often leaking bodies (aka periods) In addition society's answer to the so-called problematic and out of control female body are often just as absurd. The accessories pictured with each dolls represent one of the answers society offers to fix a so-called problem. The accessories are purposefully overcompensating (with cuteness) the horror of the bodies they adorn in order to demonstrate the inadequacy of such methods to somehow "fix" the girl.

I have purposefully left the mature content option off because it goes against the concept of my piece. Further hiding of the abject female form will only increase our societal fear or disgust for it. Only by acknowledging something can we begin to understand it and thus no longer fear it. Thank you for your understanding.
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Well guys its been a long and wonderful journey. Me and my Macbook have been through thick and thin together. It survived being brought into greasy grimy printmaking studios, sculpture studios full of metal dust and other corrosive things. It somehow plowed through the creation of a 20 page proposal packet for Recollection which required Mac's Pages program to pretend it was the unhappy love child of Microsoft word and Illustrator. But now its time is at an end...

I received my macbook as a gift in 2008 for my sophmore year of college. That's right people my Macbook OS is 6 years old!
Its headphone jack stopped working about 2 years ago, it Sleep function kicked the bucket about a year and half ago, and 7 months ago we had to buy a new battery for it cuz 5.5 years is apparently how long Macbook lithium batteries work before they die.
And now my husband has diagnosed my computer with Network Card-itis. Meaning slowly but surely it's ability to connect to the internet is dying... So this is it people this is the last journal entry my Faithful Macbook will ever make because in just 11 days time he will be replaced with a new laptop that has double the memory and RAM speed. So wave goodbye to nice DA people Macbook, cuz the end in nye. Soon you shall be sold for probably less then $100 (aka the price of your partially used but still relatively new battery) to the nice people at Microcenter. 
  • Mood: Sorrow
  • Listening to: A dreary funeral dirge
  • Reading: The Final Rites to my Macbook
  • Watching: my computer make funny sputtering noises

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:iconbenchi:
benchi Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks for the fave!
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Greetings,

Thank you for including my space art in your favourites.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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PLAID-IPUS Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome! My fiance and I actually play Dungeons and Dragons so we'll be using your awesome landscape when we are describing the environment to our players in our new campaign XD
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Greetings,

I am pleased "Mysterious Galactic Legends" had a positive influence.

Best regards,
Michael C. Turner
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Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heyo! I saw you were online and wanted to say hello! :icondragonglomp:
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PLAID-IPUS Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hello!
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Oddstuffs Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hooray! Thank you for the :llama:! :D
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ynive Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
you have a very strong gallery! :)
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PLAID-IPUS Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :D
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