Vaginal Knitting- Brilliant and Brave Activist Art?

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Casey Jenkins will be spending 28 consecutive days  knitting with wool placed inside her vagina.

She has expressed that the experience ranges from uncomfortable to arousing.

The performance art exhibit combines her reactive response, as well as the knit cloth, which will be a record of the full 28 day woman’s cycle when completed. (Jenkins has said the yarn is harder to knit when she is menstruating).

Alright, give me your opinion of this exhibit! Watch the video below and let me know what you think.

74 comments

  1. At first I was like WTF
    Then I listened and thought it was cool
    Then I was grossed out
    Then I thought she was a badass.

  2. What an absolute crock…. Never heard of anything so ridiculous and pointless.

    • http://www.caroleeschneemann.com/interiorscroll.html

      nothing. is so ridiculous and pointless, if it causes reaction. And you, just happen to be the perfect target. Art is to provoke, confuse, stir, cause emotion, create a visceral experience for you, whatever that may be, but ultimately to cause question without you. and most questions come out of fear/curiosity/discomfort.

      Enjoy Carolee Schneemann, an amazing feminist, who pulls a scroll out of her vagina and reads from it. If you’re feeling compelled to be moved by more “ridiculous and pointless” art…check out Marina Abramovic, “The Artist is Present” documentary… a one month show that was entirely made of performance…

      is taking a walk, pointless? Is crying? Is feeling disconnected from your bodily parts? Is feeling confused, strong, passionate, towards your biological body ridiculous and pointless? Is the artistic exploration and expression of it, and the shared experience of it…ridiculous, pointless ? Take care,

      M.

      • Perhaps…except for the fact that this isn’t art. Or perhaps it’s better classified as “modern art” which everyone except for “modern artists” scoffs at :) This has absolutely no value, both to society, or the art world. I call bullsh*t.

      • On the other hand, if she would have created this piece as a commentary about mutilating her vagina as a result of having been subliminally subjected to patriarchal societies’ abuse of women, and of women’s perceptions of sexuality and “self,” throughout her whole life, by, ironically, knitting garments for a child that she will never be able to conceive due to having mutilated herself as a result of such distorted views of women, vaginas, and their appropriate purposes according to the patriarchal view, this piece would have been disturbingly brilliant. But alas, all the artist was able to articulate was that she wanted the audience to question the “fears and negative associations they have with the vulva”… Which prompts me to ask: In whose eyes, exactly, are vulvas more scary and negative? Those of the audience, or those of the artist?

        • Whew! Your comment does put things in context. Her performance would still be rather cringe-worthy, but the reasons would be more comprehensible. This is just… hard to watch.

      • I agree. Most questions do come from curiosity….

      • Um, I’m pretty sure that if you listen to Carolee Schneemann discuss her work, it’s clear that the concepts which motivated her to create her work were much more developed than Jenkin’s. Or maybe she’s just better at talking about her own work. Either way, I would never feel comfortable seriously comparing this to Schneemann’s work as if they’re of the same caliber. They aren’t, in my opinion.

      • @Mallory Life is a visceral experience, do you understand that? To simply argue that anything can be art makes you seem silly and childish. If this is art, then Two Girls, One Cup can definitely be considered art! Am I wrong? Or Do you have an argument against my biased brain? Because your essentially saying that anyone can do anything and call it an art/artform of some sort. Which is stupid, because when im sleeping, im not making any art, and there is no art to sleeping Mallory. It’s simply the human body’s way to replenish certain amounts of energy. Just like sleep, humans instinctively react in a variety of manners to certain stimuli. You can’t argue that a persons idea is an art just because a group of people claim it was, or had the same emotional reaction, that’s a terrible way to think.

        • Quite the contrary. Art is a subjective experience. As Wikipedia puts it; Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities.

          By my definition, and the definition that was taught to me in school (from elementary to college) Art is an expression of the artist created to relay or cause an experience the artist wishes to covey. Correctly so, that means anything can in fact be art as long as someone says; “I created this in order to convey this idea” If Two Girls, One Cup was created with the express purpose to disgust and repulse, then that video was a very effective piece of art. If it was made with the purpose of arousing people, well, then it was a very, VERY select piece of art. Just as some people may not like Van Gogh, I don’t like TGOC, doesn’t make it any less art.

          This is art. It’s creative, it’s unusual, and it certainly has provoked.

  3. I scratch in my head and wondering how people come up with this stuff. I’m as pro vagina as the next vagina, I love my vagina but vagina knitting really??? All I can say is this world is delightfully full of weirdos.
    Kelly Jo

  4. I think it is interesting. I like the idea of a physical record of your 28 day cycle. Would I do this? No. Would I wear the scarf? Most definitely not! But I don’t feel grossed out or anything.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. My husband and I just rediscovered our intimacy and trust in each other through a process of embracing ourselves in the same way this artist is. She says “people come in and tell me I’m so brave, but it just feels so natural to me.” My husband is thanking me every day now for confronting his fears about this. I truly believe that adjusting energies in the way this woman has is a key to the shift in consciousness this world so desperately needs.

    • Hi Laura,
      Do u mind going into more detail about what has helped you and ur husband? I’m intrigued.
      Kris

      • Sure Kris. My husband could be considered more conservative than I am. He is also a bit older (18 years) both artists and very in love. I gradually loss my comfort in speaking openly with him because he was overly intent on ‘fixing’, always thought I was over reacting. … Seem to be average problems. .. That built for 2 years in which he was unwilling to speak openly about it. During that time our sex life became tragically routine and felt manipulative at times. After visiting a very good therapist 2 weeks ago, we were able to uncover a huge source of insecurity for him. He is petrified I will leave him. This had caused him to suppress speaking openly. He was too insecure with me to have a dildo even. Penis envy? Anyway, honestly the breakthrough happened when he decided to. … f*st f*ck me. It was a shock for him that he needed to process. He needed to see that we can have these types of experiences and I will always be satisfied by him. He can do that to me with his fist, then do it missionary and our bodies are so amazing that it all is not only possible, but totally enjoyable, amazing and inspiring. Getting over our own egos is key to accessing our full potential and the fears we all hold around yoni is a perfect door to that ego. .. imo. :D

        • Uuuuhhhhhh … I love my vagina. I love that other people love vagina’s. But this is gross. No, its not thought provoking: Its gross.
          Not gross in an “Ew, look a VAGINA” sort of way, but in an “EW, I DON’T THINK GENITAL FLUIDS SHOULD BE ON THE CLOTHING PEOPLE MAKE!” sort of way. I don’t think there is anything wrong with people wanting other people to keep their genitalia to themselves! Same thing with saliva and underarm hair and body sweat: I don’t want that shit anywhere near me and it has nothing to do with sexuality or social boundaries or whatever dafuq.

          If a dude did something like knit a scarf from wool that was wrapped around his dick, people would rightly think it was weird. Sorry, hon, but this is weird too. I agree to disagree with many people and philosophies, but this is just pointless. It does nothing but make all feminists look crazy.

          • Vivienne Colquhoun

            Jude,

            I tend to agree with you. I’m more concerned about the body fluid / health aspects. I say this knowing that it’s sad that it has to be a concern. I graduated from high school in 1979 and at that time, as far as I’m aware, there would be less concern about the sanitation. As a personal meditation or practice this could be extremely powerful. Anything that puts that much focus and intent into a single activity for that length of time will be transforming. The association with the vulva makes it more so. I’m with what she’s doing and why she’s doing it. But I am concerned that as a public display it, unfortunately, results in the creation of a bio-hazard.

            If this is a video log that addresses my concern and I apologize in advance for any misunderstanding. If it’s being done in a public space then I’d be curious to see how it received approval. And, for her sake, I hope the wool has been washed with a non irritating soap.

            Overall I like her concept and wish her well.

        • Btw, I accidentally left a ‘reply’ to Lauras comment. I meant this to be a comment on the actual article, not directed at Laura. Sorry about that.

  6. Beautifully done xxxx

  7. How is she preventing infection and the wool itself would absorb any vaginal fluid. To each their own

  8. What makes people think this stuff up? Holy crap….go volunteer at a soup kitchen. Do anything more constructive by actually HELPING people. Knit mitten for the homeless…leave your vigina out of it….or I should say leave the yarn out of your vagina.

    • Totally agree!
      But I guess it take all,kinds of weirdos to make the world go round.
      First thing I thought of was EEWWW!!! (Especially the menstrual part. Shudder.)

  9. Considering the endless multitudes of people who procreate without a second thought, yet still can not maturely speak of body functions, this is deeply reflective and thought provocative. What a strange way to bring to attention the patriarchal backlash of Women are beautiful, ought to be a certain way in “their” eyes minus the parts that they are conditioned to find queezey yet love jovially talking in crass toilet humor and still expect to be found endearing and sexy(hypocritical? entirely). It brings to light the reality versus the cultural fictional pedestal women are placed on. It’s one thing to tell a man “I’m not perfect, I am human.” It’s entirely another for them to see you this way and be accepting. Love feminist works that are controversial. As many people there are in the world there are ways of being.

    • I honestly just think this is yet another way for women to bring attention to ourselves the same way we have traditionally been brainwashed to bring attention to ourselves in a patriarchal society: making all of our “gifts” revolve around our damn vaginas.

      Honestly, this dissappoints me for so many reasons that I cannot list them all in one sitting. But, for now, let me start by pointing out that people are actually calling this girl “brave” for doing something so outrageous that, naturally, causes her to separate herself from the majority of society, which allows her to avoid having to be subjected to criticisms associated with social norms (i.e. if she made a painting, that’s much easier to criticize because people have preconceived notions of what is a “good” painting and what’s not; whereas, her doing a “performance piece” about knitting from her vagina is a little more difficult to criticize—at least insofar as naming it “good” or “bad” for its artistic content—because people haven’t developed such ingrained preconceived notions regarding performance art).

      The concept of acting out in an outrageous fashion in order to alienate yourself from others is the exact same mentality that sociopaths and narcissists apply in an effort to avoid having to experience empathy and compassion, or guilt and shame (i.e. they commit acts that are so heinus, the perpetrator is thus separated from “everyone else”). Real artists with a true artistic vision are trying to convey their experiences upon this planet to the audience, and when the artist has an extraordinary vision that, by chance, also happens to convey significant meaning to the audience experiencing the art, then you have what people refer to as an artistic “genius.” Genius implies insight. It implies that the artist not only has extraordinary insight with regard to the world around her, but also, extraordinary insight as to how to convey those insights back to the world around her. It requires INTERACTION with the world around her–not complete alienation from it. Empathy and, at times, sympathy, but not apathy.

      I am so sick and TIRED of people thinking that every thing they do—whether or not they do it well—should be valued in its own right. That is such bullshit, and it is precisely what is wrong with Western culture. Not every thing should be respected; every thing must be accepted, but respect is not a requisite—it is a gift. Call this art, if you want, but it is bad art. Not all art can be “good” because not all art is insightful. In fact, most of it is purely narcissistic. The only narcissists who are geniuses are those who are very insightful, but it is certain that the opposite is not always true.

      She wants to comment on menstrual cycles? Do an exhibit about sex fetishes that women and men have with menstrual blood… THAT is brave. And THAT is the future—women and men both becoming comfortable talking about fetish sexuality in public. That is something that “needs” to happen. More women feeling comfortable about their period because they saw this cool knitting exhibit? Give me a break. It actually just makes me feel embarrassed about my period for the first time since I was in junior high. Here I thought I was over my “flow” hang-ups and this woman gives brand new ammunition for men to use to make us feel like worthless, useless, vagina-exploiting, attention-seeking whores, because she has found yet another way to exploit our “special gift” for all its worth.

      At the end of the day, what adults in the civilized world actually still care about period blood (so long as it’s not a part of our sweaters), anymore?? And as for the insightful art surrounding the topic: at the very least, women comediennes have been making menstrual jokes for decades. You know what women ARE ashamed of these days??? NOT talking about our vaginas.

      If we aren’t constantly discussing our god damned vaginas, THEN we’re made to feel like shit—by both men AND women!!! If you’re a fairly young woman, and you don’t want to just talk about cute things, or silly things, or children, or boys, or your vaginas, then you’re seen as too aggressive, too abrasive, and/or too masculine (and—oddly enough—also, a “feminist”). And to know that there are “FEMINISTS” who think that THIS is what “Feminism” is all about… What!?! Supporting a woman who makes headlines by knitting from her twat while HALF-NAKED in a PINK room!?!? How much more brainwashed can people possibly be!?!?

      This is not art. This is what Patriarchy wants “Feminists” to believe is art. And you all, moronically, are buying it.

      UGH.

      *Sigh*

      • Jenna E.Absolutly brilliant synopsis of this ‘brave act’.There is nothing I can add except from a males perspective in that fellow males that I talk to seem to have this revulsion to menstrual blood and anything related to menstruation .
        I am fascinated by the sustainability of anything associated with sex and the vagina.It doesn’t matter how many quantum leaps we make in the sciences and understanding of all things wordly what we all are really voraciously interested in is the vagina and all things related to the vagina.I can’t see it ever changing,but as a woman you articulated your piece with mastery and it was exillerating to read.

      • Rachel Harris-Beck

        I believe that you may have missed the entire point of the work’s content. Though we are talking about something that obviously makes you uncomfortable, Jenkins states near the end that the work is rather “benign” and uneventful. I don’t believe that your perception of performance work is accurate in that what may same to be “shock” art is generally merely observing something very normal in day to day life. It is your interpretation which makes it that which you state it is. Somehow I am missing (from this article at least) how you view this as feminist art and why you view it as such. Jenkins makes no statement that is abrasive but rather sensitively addresses that her work is exploring something natural. Furthermore, I am sad that you believe that this is what a patriarchial society wants us to see in a world where women are still castrated and where even you are uncomfortable by the exploration of the menstral cycle, I venture to say that the only thing that prevents this work from being “socially acceptable” is mysoginy.

        • Rachel, I believe that you may have missed the entire point of my response to Freyja’s comment, which she ends with, “Love feminist works that are controversial.” That is why I was commenting on the work with regard to it being “feminist art.” As for Jenkins’s statements, as I’ve commented in response to Mallory above, I believe they are superficial, not well-thought-out, junvenile, and an overly-simplistic (and dishonest) view of her own association with the vagina (in particular, the vulva).

          Basically, my issue is this: The traditional patriarchal view of vaginas is that they are to be interpreted as either revolting, or warm and fuzzy. These are the stereotypes in which society is already immersed. Now, if she would have done a piece about how she is confronting the audience with both of those stereotypes in one sitting, then this would be genius. Instead, however, as she attempts to articulate the sentiments behind her piece, she leaves us with:

          “The piece for me is about assessing and, I guess, being intimate with my own body. I want to, I guess, not just walk off and become a ‘parent’ like, uh, some cultural lemming; I want to make an informed decision.”

          In other words, she has fears of becoming a mother, for a number of potentially LEGITIMATE reasons; she confronts these by mutilating the vagina by using it for purposes that could very well result in her causing harm to her own physiology and health. That could be brilliant, if she were brilliant enough to acknowledge as much… Instead, she continues:

          “The performance wouldn’t be the PERFORMANCE if I were going to cut out my menstrual cycle from it. For starters: when I’m menstruating, it makes knitting a hell-of-a lot harder, ’cause the wool is wet, and so you have to kind of yank at it. It’s sort of slightly uncomfortable sometimes, arousing sometimes.”

          At this point, she unwittingly acknowledges that she is doing this primarily for PERFORMANCE purposes. Now, of course most of this must be for ‘performance’ purposes, given that she’s a performance artist. Nevertheless, when she speaks of the period during which she is menstruating and knitting, she doesn’t comment one bit about her interpretation of the psychological, or artful aspect of the experience (e.g. how she felt about the different colors she had observed on the yarn, or whether or not the hormonal changes during that period affected her feelings regarding the experience in any way)—merely that the wool is wet and difficult to handle during this time. Most women in the audience can definitely relate to that! (Not.)

          Then, she proceeds with some of the most childish and self-absorbed shit I’ve heard in quite some time from a non-celebrity:

          “When I’m sitting in the gallery knitting, I get a lot of the reaction because people say, ‘You’re so brave, you’re so brave,’ and to me it feels, just, really natural, and really uneventful, which is sorta what I wanted it to be.”

          That sounds like a quote from Ja’mie from Summer Heights High. As to how natural it is, or, as you, Rachel, imply, ‘normal’ (“I don’t believe that your perception of performance work is accurate in that what may same to be “shock” art is generally merely observing something very normal in day to day life. It is your interpretation which makes it that which you state it is.”), I’m afraid your idea of ‘normal’ is flawed.

          I don’t mean flawed in some philosophical sense (because, after all, what really IS normal, right?). There is, nevertheless, a definition of ‘normal’, as it is a ‘word’ with its attached tautological explanations that everyone in our society must acknowledge, which ultimately provide us with: ‘normal’ is what is most usual. In all cases that you’d seek to argue a definition of ‘normal’, you would ultimately be arguing on behalf of the notion of “what is most usual.” Certainly, what is truly most usual is not what, in many cases, society deems to be ‘normal’; I can say with fair certainty, however, that knitting from the vagina is definitely not most usual amongst the greater majority of women upon this planet. Again, I must point out, as most women cannot relate to the task of pulling yarn from our snatches, were the artist to reinterpret this act as something more complex and thought-provoking on a MORE INTELLIGENT level, then I would be giving her credit. INSTEAD, I, Jenna El-Wagaa, am here interpreting her work on an intelligent level, but these are MY thoughts, which I am conveying to an online audience—NOT Jenkins’s. But I can appreciate how much she enjoys being told that she is ‘brave’.

          Lastly:

          “I think the expectation is that when you’re showing the vulva, that people are going to feel, sort of, fear and repulsion. So, by linking the vulva with something that people do find warm and fuzzy and benign, and even boring, such as knitting for such a long period of time, I hope people question the fears, and um, the negative associations they have with the vulva.”

          So, by “linking the vulva with something that people find warm and fuzzy and benign,” she is essentially reiterating exactly what patriachal society has tried to do to the concept of the vagina, for millenia. Make a vagina seem weak, and cute, and “warm and fuzzy and benign,” then you weaken the woman’s sense of mystery, awe, and self-empowerment.

          Oh, and how ironic is this: you accuse me of being “uncomfortable” with my own menstrual cycle (completely ignoring the fact that the artist herself began the video by pointing out that she is doing this because she is unsure of whether or not she wants to have children—which makes me feel confident that YOU are the one who has “completely missed the point of the work’s content”), and then you go on to attempt to dissociate this work from “Feminism”, only to end with: “the only thing that prevents this work from being ‘socially acceptable’ is mysoginy.” Again, my point above: Any time a woman says anything “bad” about vaginas, she is accused of being overly masculine, and/or is negatively associated with “feminism.”

          Look, I’m sorry to sound so harsh, but, as a woman, I feel the need to state my opinion so forcefully, because I think careless (albeit, shocking, and “provocative”) demonstrations like this are actually doing much more harm for women than good. Furthermore, I am extremely disheartened to learn that this is actually being accepted by my contemporaries as legitimate “art.” Sure, this is “art,” much the same way in which MacDonald’s is considered “food”.

          Women have been encouraged by society for millennia to exploit our private parts for the sake of attention, under the guise of “self-exploration,” despite the health risks associated with such actions (both mental and physical), and here is yet another example of our exploitation, NOT our empowerment. You can cause a reaction this way, yes, but it is not the way to stir the emotions that this woman, or any woman, should want. .

          Furthermore, I would think that someone who dislikes misogyny would want men and women to be shocked by the POWER of the vagina, not the mutilation of it. As far as I’m concerned, anything that portrays the latter is merely patriarchal brainwashing being disguised as “feminist art”.

          There are a million and one ways to make men (and women) ponder the vagina and come across ideas that are INSPIRING, instead of putrid. THIS type of shocking art makes us merely question whether or not it is hygienic to insert foreign bodies like this into our vaginas, and whether or not she is an attention-whore for making us ponder as much.

          Honestly, even an exhibit where she is being vaginally fisted for 28 days would be more appealing to me, simply because she clearly would be making a statement about her sexuality (i.e. that she presumably enjoys such activities—the thought of which, as far as I’m concerned, seem pretty disturbing, but thought-provoking, and much more HONEST than sticking yarn up there and knitting in front of a pink background half-naked, claiming you merely want to explore your menstrual cycle).

          Indeed, the fact that she is trying to justify this act as a desire to document her 28-day-cycle speaks to what a coward, and fool, she truly is: she’s not even able to conceptualize (or, at least, articulate) an artistic vision of any merit associated with her “art.” It reminds me of women who sleep around without any restraint, standards, or confidence, all under the guise of “sexual liberation,” and then become depressed when they must admit to themselves that they were actually sleeping around more for attention, than due to genuine fulfillment from their actions. These realizations can be made into art, however, if they are honestly and insightfully interpreted therein.

          Any artist must exploit his or her own talent, naturally, as we all must to survive on this planet, but a great artist exploits his or her talent primarily to get their insightful messages across. Alas, the true determination of an artist’s gift lies in whether or not the artist’s message is worth hearing. This artist can barely articulate what exactly her message is, let alone her personal experiences and reactions associated with the performance through which she’s attempting to convey her message.

  10. Ginny Nunyabizness

    Just out of curiousity….Does she knit a chain or squares??? At the end of the 28 days will she have a complete afghan??? Inquiring minds NEED to know!!!!

  11. Well this truly is amazing. A thought provoking work that was already nurtured an incredible discussion in this comment section. Laura do you not think that by referring to a vagina as a yoni you are actually continuing to be fearful of it while mascaraidng as being spiritual about your body.

    Freyja, just to be clear are we saying it’s one think to say to a man “I’m not perfect , I am human” and for him to see you in your imperfection and love you for it or are we saying that for him to see you pulling wool from you vagina and then wearing the scarf once it’s finished it’s the amazing thing?

    Finally to Laura again, do we really need an adjustment of energies that leads to a wide spread epidemic of vaginal infections as women everywhere proceed to insert balls of wool into their vaginas in the hope that it will lead to a good fisting from their fearful husband. Surely it would be better to have say, an adjustment of wealth of a change of thinking that takes us away from frankly absurd works of “art” like this and moves us towards a world where everyone has enough to eat and no one has to worry about where they’ll sleep tonight.

    Freedom of speech is an amazing thing and something that has been and most probably will again be fought for. But this, is absurd. It isn’t empowering to women, it’s stupid. Maybe for her next piece she can alternate between wearing tampons and dipping them in blue water and then using them daily while menstruating. Throughout this she should play the Star-Spangled Banner on a trumpet and it will be very “meaningful” and confusing until at the end of the month the tampons are unveiled and come together to make the American flag. It will be a stark commentary on how America oppresses women through something or other.

    On a final note, I love all of the women in my family. I love my beautiful girlfriend. Women are inherently beautiful. They are sometimes referred to as the fairer sex. Not because they are weaker but because they are beautiful. They bring life into the world. Not just through child birth but through their inherent beauty.

  12. Any idea why my comment isn’t showing up? Is there a time delay?

  13. …what about vaginal crocheting?

    So, neat idea but not something anyone I know would do.

  14. She’s probably gonna get a yeast infection

  15. My Gawd that is disgusting.

  16. Just wondering… is she sitting on that seat for the duration of the exhibit? If not it would kind of defeat the object of doing it for the full cycle but at the same time, if she is what about eating, sleeping, urinating and defecating?

  17. Stephen you couldn’t of said it better!! I myself am a women and open to almost anything ,but this is pushing the buttons a little to far! I hope there is a Warning! in front of this video so young girls don’t think it’s okay to knit a blanket for their boy friends for Christmas and clam now you can smell me my scent all night when I’m not there,,,,,,how charming!! NOT!!

  18. I love my vagina too, some where in my life tho I grew up and learnt 1. that it was ok to keep that part of me privet 2.that I did not need to shout it from the roof tops saying I HAVE A VOLVA 3. that in any pleasant company talking about what is privet is not how to behave. I also realise this is your installation and you think it worthwhile and far enough if this is what you need to get through the day I do feel for you though. but be personally I am not scared of my vagina, I like to keep Mistry there for when i want to share it

  19. It’s not insightful or thought provoking. It isn’t artistic or beautiful, it’s offensive and disgusting. On a side note, how the eff does this woman cram a scane *spelling. Of yarn inside her vagina?

  20. Not something to do if you have endometriosis or adenomysosis!!! UGH!

  21. Thats nothing, penile-knitting, now that’s challenging.

  22. Sorry. I’m repulsed. And that scarf must stink!

  23. Next up….
    I shall use my cock as a donut holder.
    I’ll let people come and eat the donuts righ off the shaft.
    I’ll be called brave.

  24. one word………………… BIOHAZARD

  25. Talk to me when she wants to raise honey bees….

  26. Undoubtedly she’s had some sort of grant for this.

    No wonder this country’s in a mess

  27. my honest thoughts : she knits slow, if thats all she could dp in 28 days :( she would have been better crochetting and should have used a less ‘itchy’ yarn

  28. It’s art. It’s performance art, which, for me, is often like dissonant jazz: I just don’t see (or hear) the beauty in it. But she does, and she’s the artist. What I find interesting is all the hubbub in the comments.

  29. Well, in light of all the different responses to this performance, I think it was a success, because it got us all discussing it. Yeah, it’s a little bit gross, but art is allowed to be that sometimes. I like specially the way she describes what she is doing. Then it all makes more sense.

  30. In my view, there’s a profound difference between bravery and courage. I would call bravery, typically, an act of will and strength. I see courage as a state of willingness and faith. We’re indebted to the many in history whose bravery has protected and sheltered us from external threats, but were it not for the courageous, and often outrageous, choices and actions of many in our past, we’d still be living under the repressive mantle of the Dark Ages.

    Casey’s demonstration is an expression from the heart, an act of loving, to make a bold statement for healing for womankind and mankind. Viewed from the heart, rather than from control, manipulation, judgement or gratification, the womb symbolizes connection, bonding, union, creation. Knitting from the womb is a graphic expression meant to draw attention to these qualities and will encourage a few to re-examine their ideas about women in a more nurturing light. Over time, the few become the many.

    The fact that so many don’t “get” it and go automatically into reaction and rejection is exactly why her statement is powerful, valuable and needed. Thank you, Casey, for your faith, caring, generosity and willingness to join the trailblazers who have made our lives sweeter.

  31. I can see why most people would be disgusted by this, but I However want to do this too! Just to say I did it! What’s wrong with the way she’s expressing herself and her body?! She is no one but herself, and none of you negative people are her. Don’t like what she’s doing, Oh well. Move along! Not your choice what she does and doesn’t do! A stunning performance!! BRAVO!!

  32. This is ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING this should br taken down . Is this woman lost in the effin head seriously! !! If ya wanna give ya blood . Then give blood the normal old fashioned way not dirty blood out ya nunny!! Its effin disgusting!!!!!!!! You havr no dignity obviously. U should be so ashamed of yourself . I hope u never have kids!!!! Im sure ur parents are soooo proud of u . U disgusting vile woman . And if thia gets deleted I dont give a flyin ducks backside !!!!

  33. It’s COOL!

  34. I don’t understand it, and it certainly makes me uncomfortable… but I don’t see the reason for hate. The end result would be interesting to see.

  35. how big of a ball are we talkin here? what kind of yarn, sheeps wool or nice soft alpaca wool? but which is worse on your vag? how does she prevent infection? how does she not get some kind of internal rope burn type rash from the yarn ball spinning around when she pulls for length? does she leave the yarn in all day or does she have knitting periods (no pun intended) and take it out when shes not knitting? when she is on the rag how does she prevent TSS?

  36. To everyone who keeps posting “This Is Not Art”; you do not know Art. Art has always been any medium for provoking thought, emotional responses, questions etc. Whenever groups have tried to “define good art” Artists have broken through every limit. Think about Andy Warhol, Jackson Polluck, Van Gogh, Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Freakin Rembrandt!
    This is just a very small limited sampling of well known artists who had the “critics” of their day spinning on their heads; and who doesn’t appreciate a good Rembrandt?
    Art is Art regardless of if you like it, approve of it, etc. Art is a visible, oft tangible CONCEPT. It is Nothing more or nothing less.

    • By your definition of “art” (“Art has always been any medium for provoking thought, emotional responses, questions etc.”), virtually every single thing, moment, sentiment, and experience on this planet can be deemed as such (i.e. EVERYTHING that has ever existed is “art”).

  37. I’m thoroughly confused by this. What is the point? Is it so that she has to think about having kids? That doesn’t make sense. I’ll tell you what will make you think about having kids, teach 20 5 year olds… Just spend 5 minutes in my classroom and that’ll make your vagina seal itself. (Not really, I have a pretty good class)

    All kidding aside. What is the purpose of this? I’m not sure how this is art. It’s hard for me to imagine her sitting in a box while people watch her knit from her vag. Who would find this interesting? I just think of the pervert in the trench coat showing up to masturbate to her. Is this supposed to be some sort of a feminist thing? I just don’t get it. I hope she consulted her doctor before performing. I’d hate for something to come about as a result of this. Bottom line, I’m slightly to moderately uncomfortable about this and I just don’t understand the point.

  38. I think this is wrong. She says at times she gets aroused from this. Its wool that comes from a sheep that shoved in her vagina. Isn’t this a form of beastiality.

  39. I am going to eat a ball of yarn and shit out a sweater

  40. This is just off the scale freaky, the human race is just too bored and self indulgent, god get real this is neither shocking or confronting it is just plan self indulgent garbage. God can we not get back to real art instead of this trash, sick of seeing this unmoving time wasting junk!

  41. If I shove steel wire up my butt and poop out a bird cage, is that art?

  42. My only question/observation is; Look at all the hostility this has caused in this comments thread. Some people are kind of having a fit. A pretty frantic fit. It’s fun to watch.

  43. I certainly reacted – I couldn’t contemplate eating in spite of being hungry after a hard day’s work.

  44. Oh great, now and for the rest of my life, whenever I see a tampon string coming out of a woman, I’m not going to be 100% sure that it’s only a tampon string.

  45. Idiotic and unsanitary. What possesses people to do such ridiculous things?

  46. that’s a bacterial infection waiting to happen

  47. I had to laugh out loud. I am thoroughly disgusted. If we want to be accepted as we are, as equals. Why do certain women constantly try to bring up their vaginas all the time. WE DONT CARE. We are all created equal. Stop playing the victim and move on.

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