I finally got around to editing interviews of visitors to the 101 Vagina Book Exhibition in Melbourne.
Various people’s responses to the book and exhibition express a range of emotions that often took the viewers by surprise.
This exhibition was part of the 2013 Melbourne Fringe arts festival in September/October 2013.
“My Viking Vagina
Itâ€™s such a pity this book is in black and white. I am a redhead and my pubic hair is a rich, red gold, thick and curly and abundant, unique.
Back in high school the boys would ask if I had â€˜red pubesâ€™. Protecting myself from the taunting that arises from any kind of difference, I would lie and respond, â€œOf course not, itâ€™s black, just like yoursâ€. They seemed satisfied with my answer and the questions stopped.
Then, in art class there was a girl whoâ€™d moved to our country town from Canada. She was mature, street wise, creative and brilliant. For her painting project she decided to paint three naked women.
Of the three huge canvases, the first displayed a woman who was skinny and black, with tribal adornments about her hips and pert breasts. The second was a Mediterranean woman, with voluptuous curves and long black hair.
The third painting was my undoing. She was round and pink-skinned like a piglet, with a nest of tight fire-truck red curls embellishing her head, and her pubic mound. I was devastated in being outed in this way. I canâ€™t remember the taunts afterward, but god I hated her for her thoughtless act of exposure.
Now, far beyond the pain of adolescence, I can celebrate my uniqueness. I just wish that I could now display it in this book in all its glory… just one page in colour??”