Week 10: Artist Interview: KACLICA CHHIN & AMANDA RUIZ

KACLICA CHHIN & AMANDA RUIZ, ILLUSTRATION & SCULPTURE

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Well, this exhibit was VERY different. The gallery was behind closed doors and had a message outside stating that there was “explicit material” within. This made me very curious, so I happily walked inside without hesitation. The artists were Kaclica Chhin (Sculpture BFA) and Amanda Ruiz (Illustration BFA). This exhibit happened to be about curiosity surrounding the subject matter of sex. Basically, the artwork intends to explore the human body as well as sex and sexual behaviors. Some compelling statements that were made regarding the artwork was that sex is more that a physical action- there was a state of mind being involved. Much of the artwork depicted genitalia with seemingly invisible boundaries. This is intentional as the artists were hoping to explore body parts that are generally always hidden through their works. Although the topic of sex is not a stranger in social discussions, there is a tendency to have misunderstandings or misconceptions about sex. In a way, the artists tried to portray the notion that sexuality should be a topic that can be discussed without feeling overtly awkward or uncomfortable.

I know that there are a number of people that would dismiss this exhibit due to the explicit nature of the content. I find exhibits such as this to be a breath of fresh air instead. I don’t think there should be any boundaries whatsoever in the expression of ideas and what is perceived to be “taboo” subject matter.  I especially feel that conversations about sex is often underplayed due to societal boundaries. Sex is a part of human life and reproduction, and I definitely agree with the artists when they try to portray the idea that sexuality is something to be explored and not to be something to hide from.

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