@scientwehst is making waves in the art world with her edgy, erotic digital collages. With her work included in NSFW: The Female Gaze at the The Museum of Sex, it’s clear her impact extends well beyond her 63,000 Instagram followers. We chatted with the artist about her work and recent success.
When did you start making pornographic art? What inspired this idea?
I started creating collages in 2015. Before my “brazenly feminine” collages, I was working on other digital pieces for fun, such as weird food art and screen printing BDSM images I drew on T-shirts. Shout out to whomever bought those! I always found sex and sexuality fascinating, especially pornography, but I think I was mainly inspired by other female artists on social media who were messing around with censorship.
How do you source the women in your collages? Are they friends, volunteers, hired models?
I usually source them from content aggregators that stream pornographic content. Depending on the overlaying image, I’ll look up specific categories for body positions, race and body shapes. It’s difficult because the overlaying architectural image determines the body positioning I need. Some may think it’s easy, but looking for this photo can take hours, and it’s super tedious. Many times I’m bummed because I’ll find an image with awesome resolution and the perfect body positioning, but it’ll be a white woman. I want to have a more balanced flow of work that represents all women, but POC are incredibly underrepresented in porn. However, this is something I am more focused on and spending extra amounts of time searching for so they are reflected in my work more.
Has your relationship with sex evolved at all since creating these collages?
I think so. In a way I have no choice but to evolve because I am always analyzing my work, which directly relates to sex.
Your art is included in the NSFW: Female Gaze exhibition at The Museum of Sex. What has that experience been like for you?
Being in the exhibition has been such an amazing experience. I can’t tell you how honored I feel being among artists who I have respected and looked up to for so long. It’s definitely something I never thought would happen, and I’m so excited by all the opportunities it has given me. Come check it out before it closes in January!
Have you received any push back from people who believe your work to be too sexually explicit? How has this influenced your creative process, as well as actually getting your art out into the world?
Actually, not at all. I haven’t received any push back from people in regards to it being too sexually explicit. The main responses I get are: excitement, confusion and amazement.
How has moving to New York City affected your work? Do you find the city to be more accepting of sexually promiscuous art?
I haven’t thought of it honestly or noticed a difference in acceptance. Social media is the big influencer in my work.
What are the advantages and disadvantages with using social media as a platform for art?
The advantages: visibility, accessibility and virality.
The disadvantages: visibility, accessibility and virality.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created?
I think this is.