Pamela Shields “Project ‘S’”

Ceres Gallery

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Ceres Gallery presents Project “S”, an exhibition of large charcoal drawings by Pamela Shields. After her One Body masturbation series in 2014, the artist extended her exploration of female sexuality to include other women.

Shields invited everyday women in her small Pennsylvania town to take anonymous selfies of their own vulvas, from which she created drawings exploring this most private part of a woman’s body. Shields relied on word-of-mouth to find contributors, the way women have transmitted stories and information throughout the ages. Participants took selfies in the privacy of their own homes or at open house events in a photo booth Shields created out of a plastic storage shed.

A private group was set up on Facebook creating a safe space for members to share information about feminism, women’s health and sexuality. This group became known as Project “S”. As support and interest grew, one member created Project “S” tee shirts with proceeds going to a local non-profit benefiting women. A powerful development of this project has been the birth of a space for participants to speak of body image issues that surfaced as they took their selfies. In a time of vaginal contouring and aesthetic labiaplasty, Shields came to see her drawings as an affirmation that each vulva is beautiful and unique.

Her drawings are exhibited without fixative or protective framing, remaining as exposed as the women who volunteered to share their selfies.



from November 01, 2016 to November 26, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-11-03 from 18:00 to 20:00


Pamela Shields

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