sticky cunts

Featured Image // ARTIST Hannah Wilke DATE 1977  MEDIUM Lithograph on paper SIZE Support: 294 x 231 mm, frame: 524 x 421 x 33 mm COLLECTION Tate SOURCE

When Hannah Wilke warned against fascist feminism, she was referring to the backlash she faced from fellow feminists. In the 1970’s her feminist art was accused of being self-gratifying on account of her nude self-portraits. In response, Wilke’s poster (seen above) was a warning that prejudices against women do not only stem from men.

The small bumps that dot her face and body are made from chewing gum and have been shaped in vulvas or , in her words, ‘cunts’.  She commented: ‘I chose gum because it’s the perfect metaphor for the American woman – chew her up, get what you want out of her, throw her out and pop in a new piece’ (quoted in Avis Berman, ‘A Decade of Progress, But Could a Female Chardin Make a Living Today’, Art News, vol.79, no.8, October 1980, p.77).

Above Image // ARTIST Hannah Wilke TITLE S.O.S. Starification Object Series DATE 1974 MEDIUM Gelatin silver print DIMENSIONS 40 x 27” COLLECTION Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Purchased with funds contributed by the Photography Committee and The Judith Rothschild Foundation, 2001 SOURCE

Hannah Wilke, Sweet Sixteen, 1978, at Neuberger Museum, 2008
ARTIST Hannah Wilke TITLE Sweet Sixteen DATE 1978 MATERIAL Ceramic SOURCE