“We are ever obsessed with our identity in this colourful, confusing modern world, where everything and anything is deemed to be possible.. because of these infinite possibilities, the reality of our bodies has almost been forgotten. we are used to images of unrealistic, hyper sexualized, photo shopped bodies and faces of unrealistic proportions. This instillation aims to confront our future in light of this reality, how you perceive it will take you on your own journey of identity…" Emma Buggy
Hi I’m Emma, I’m an emerging London based visual
artist predominantly making sculptures of genitalia and female body parts. My
practice involves varied applications of ceramic, fabric and plastic arts and
often relates to an assorted commentary on sexuality, body image, voyeurism and
media manipulation of male and female identity. Over the past few years I have
been showing regularly in provocative group such as “Modern Panic 3” at Apiary
studios, “Cultivation” at Cultivate Gallery on Vyner Street, “Tweet me up” at
the Tate Modern, and more. I am now working towards the planning of my first
major solo show. However, before that, I will be touring this particular instillation project through galleries and spaces in the UK.
I have also been invited by curator Misa
Shin, to work alongside her and 5-7 other artists on an exciting new concept
for an exhibition called “Fantasy and Fear”, It will be happening in 2013, with more details to come...
Genitals and Orifice's crawling up the walls...
My intention is to transform a decadent
and glamorous setting, into a fantastical, sensual world where
orifice crustaceans are found clambering up the walls and genitalia
chandeliers hang their “jewels” discreetly at eye level, amongst vagina shoes
and other dramatic and theatrical depictions of the human form. A contrast of
vivacious body sculptures installed in a classy and sophisticated setting,
highlights a current media and consumer obsession with wealth, glamour, beauty
and perfection. These instillations aim to evoke simultaneous opposing responses, such as, disgust & delight, and repulsion & intrigue. The viewer will be confronted with an imposed position as the
voyeur, creating an intimate and claustrophobic space between the audience and
the art works.
My aim is to take this instillation on tour in
2013, and allow it to grow in size and change in material, from ceramics, to
moving sculptures and stop motion animation. Eventually the piece will have
evolved alongside other projects of mine (please do contact me if you are
interested in knowing more about what I am / will be making in the studio) and
will be a crucial part of my first major solo show.
The three main instillation pieces “Yoni
Lingam Crustacian’s” and “Genitalia Chandeliers” x2, all need to be made. As you
can see I have begun and currently have 60 crustaceans ready to be
fired in the kiln, 20 of them have been painted, and the first chandelier piece has already been made. In order
for me to continue and complete these instillations I need to make:
·100 ceramic crustaceans,
·200 Resin Cast chandelier pendants
·Time, space and money to spray paint all 300 pieces.
How you can help me, and what your pledge will go towards
For this project I am only asking for £1500,
this is actually half the amount I will need in order to cover all of my costs,
but this is my first Kickstarter so any financial assistance is appreciated
rather than none (In order for me to gain access to any of the funds raised in
Kick-starter I need to hit my minimum target of £1500). With your help (from as
little as £2, which seriously makes a difference)
Your pledge's will help pay for:
·Materials (clay, resin silicone etc..)
·Studio assistant (food and travel costs)
·£300 towards my general living / travel costs during the time that
I will be working solely on this project.
is an enormous amount of working hours and materials for me to cover. I would
like to be able to spend all of my time on this project so that the
instillations are fully realized to their potential, and the exhibition will be as professional exicuted as possible... this costs money..
The continuation of this project is simply not possible without your support, all and any of your help will be seriously
appreciated and I will be regularly updating all making, instillation and
exhibition stages of the project on Facebook, Twitter and instagram for you to
Don't worry if you can't contribute at the moment,
a simple share on your Facebook page or an email to any friends who may be
interested in the project, would also be a fine way to help spread the vulva
For a video of me at work, making a giant vagina sculpture on the Southbank in May 2012:
Risks and challenges
As we do not have a final venue and date confirmed for the exhibition, I cannot give a clear date and time for when these sculptures will be exhibited as part of "Fantasy and Fear". I will however, be showing a part of the instillation in an exhibition called "Yeastie Girls", at Cultivate Gallery on Vyner street from 21st February to the 6th March 2013. http://www.cultivatevynerstreet.com/ShowYeastieGirls.html
I also plan on showing the instilation at a few locations throughout the year, and as a part of my first solo show in winter 2013.
A personal hand written message on the back of a Limited Edition print (3x1/4) from the original project drawings. This is your chance to own the first few sketches of my genitalia crustacean's taken directly from my sketchbook, whilst in the stages of planning and experimentation.
A signed A2 Limted edition (1/10) poster of my art work. There are 3 different images to choose from, and you will recieve a personal hand written thank you for your support, and a small vagina drawing on recycled Indian cartridge paper.
A mini "Yoni / Lingam" sculpture, in a purple silk and black faux fur lined box, with a signed authenticity card. You will recieve 1/60 limited edition sculptures, of which there are 6 variations. These casts are from the same series of sculptures to be used as pendants for the 2 Yoni / Lingam chandaliers.
An individually hand made, ceramic orifice crustacean from the original instillation itself. Each piece has been thrown on a wheel and then sculpted and painted by hand. You will have a choice of 8 sculptures to choose from and its first come first serve with these delightfully charming creations.
An A4 framed and mounted "private" and personal portrait of the most precious part of your body! without the embarrassment of having to lay bare for an hour or so whilst I sketch you. All I need is a few up close photographs to work from and you will receive a signed, original, tasteful, detailed and beautiful portrait of the real YOU!! This includes a personal consultation on Skype or by phone, where we can talk about the style and finish of your portrait.
For a huge thank you for your support, you will receive half a day in the studio with me, learning about the processes and materials I use to make these sculptures. You will have the chance to make your own mini sculpture in the studio, to take home with you, as well as a perfectly put together basket of sculptures from the project, original drawings, posters and a personal, heartfelt thank you letter for your generosity and help.