Sophia Wallace on Cliteracy

Artist Sophia Wallace discusses CLITERACY her epic, mixed media project which explores a paradox; the global obsession with sexualizing female bodies in a world that is illiterate when it comes to female sexuality. The above video is directed and produced by Amon Focus

I first heard about Cliteracy in 2012, when I made the re-post New York – Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace about the exhibition of Cliteracy, and artist talk by Sophia Wallace at Dumbo Arts Center. – Now my European facebook friends have started sharing ‘Cliteracy 101: Artist Sophia Wallace Wants You To Know The Truth About The Clitoris‘ an article by Dominique Mosbergen of the Huffington Post, and I have taken this as a reminder that I should google Sophia’s art project and see what has happened to it, her life and creative practice. In the above video Sophia talks about her work with the art project Cliteracy – using both fine art aestetics and street art to spread the word about the secret of the anatomy of the clitoris. Enjoy!

Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace, 2012
Press photo by Sophia Wallace, 2012

Related Link

Sophia Wallace’s online portfolio
Sophia Wallace’s blog at Tumblr


New York – Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace

Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace, 2012

Cliteracy by Sophia Wallace, 2012

CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws, by Sophia Wallace at Scenes a Faire
October 5 to 21, 2012
Dumbo Arts Center
Brooklyn, New York

Dumbo Arts Center (DAC) writes “Scènes à Faire features artworks and programming made in response to the complex relationship between legal and artistic practices by the artists, writer, and curators of the 2012 Art & Law Residency program. The exhibition title, Scènes à Faire, stems from the term used in theatrical and legal arenas as the “scene to be made” and that essential element which is an obligatory component that cannot be isolated, copyrighted, or ignored.”

Leslie-Lohman Museum recommends: CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws by Sophia Wallace currently in the Scenes a Faire Exhibition on view at Dumbo Art Center October 5 – 21, 2012. Scènes à Faire is the culminating exhibition of the Art & Law Residency Program’s third year. Programming features works by the 2012 Residency artists, curators, and writer made in response to the complex relationship between legal and artistic practices. The diverse projects in Scènes à Faire address issues surrounding the law such a power, privilege, intent, loss, liminal boundaries, language, and the truth.

Artist Talk

Sophia Wallace: Oct. 16, 7-8:30 pm at Dumbo Arts Center

Related Link

Sophia Wallace’s online portfolio
Cliteracy 101: Artist Sophia Wallace Wants You To Know The Truth About The Clitoris

Seattle – Lecture and book signing with Sophia Wallace and Kelli Connell

Press release


Friday, April 13, 6:30pm, Tickets: $10, $8 Members

Photo Center NW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, 98122

Sophia Wallace explores the gendering of aesthetics and how the concept of beauty is tied to sexual objectification. Wallace photographed male subjects using the unspoken rules that dictate the way women are conventionally posed in photographs and paintings. Shorter than most of her models, she used a ladder to shoot them from above while directing them to look at her only with soft expressions. Mostly she asked them to look away – to be looked at. She uncovered aspects of their masculinity which might otherwise be downplayed for fear of appearing effeminate. As viewers, can we look at aestheticized vulnerability without inserting a gendered, sexual agenda onto it? Do beautiful men fall victim to the virgin/whore dichotomy or does their masculinity protect them from this reduction? Wallace is a Seattle artist based in Brooklyn, NY.

Kelli Connell’s images appear to document a relationship between two women. Their idiom looks familiar: a young couple caught up in everyday moments of pleasure and reflection. The first flicker of unease comes as soon as the viewer registers the similarity of the two subjects, who seem to be twins–and incestuous twins at that. In fact, Connell has photographed the same model portraying both of the women and then digitally combined the two images so seamlessly that not a trace remains of their construction. Connell has been at the forefront of artists using digital technologies for the past decade, but her art is not about Photoshop, her photographs extend far beyond their duplicity into larger and more complex issues of identity and visual rhetoric. Connell is a Chicago based artist.

This lecture is in partnership with Decode Books.”
Illustration above: Untitled (Chastity) by Sophia Wallace

[Works by Sophia Wallace and Kelli Connell's are presented at the The Photo Center NW's exhibition Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography in Seattle USA. The exhibition runs through May 27, 2012.]

The Book
Kelli Connell – Double Life
Essay by Susan Bright
Interview by Dawoud Bey
12.25 x 9.5 inches
36 four-color plates
80 pages, hardcover
Published by Decode Books
ISBN 978-0-9793373-9-0

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

Purity by Sophia Wallace

Sophia Wallace, Untitled (Purity), 2010, chromogenic-print, 18″ x 24″, edition of 6

Immaculate by Sophia Wallace

Untitled (Immaculate) by Sophia Wallace