‘… wearable art that carries the message of female empowerment and uniqueness…’
Jewellery designer Shereece Williams recently exhibited a selection of pieces at the Erotic Art Week that took place in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain [Trinidad]. Wishing to challenge the struggles most women face with body image disorder, she sees this collection as a celebration of a woman’s sexuality, using the comparison between the shape of the female genitals and that of a flower – a comparison often made throughout art history – as the physical inspiration for her pieces.
‘Being a pregnant woman, I’ve been going through uncomfortable changes in my body that were difficult to accept at first… Pregnancy is no picnic and the first thought is often if it will all go back into place!’
Handcrafted out of paper clay, a lightweight material after firing, and hand-painted with acrylic paints, the mini vulvas are proudly displayed as part of necklaces or earrings, all available for purchase.
‘These brightly coloured pieces are intended to make women proud of their vulvas/vaginas and not be ashamed of how different they are [to the ideals portrayed in the media]… we are all so beautiful.’
A self-confessed feminist, this Visual Arts major (Shereece is currently studying at the University of the West Indies in the department of Creative and Festival Arts) has always pushed boundaries with her work, especially for this area of the world where certain topics are still considered taboo. Her work has included drawings, paintings and video featuring images of feces, festering animal corpses and even her own nude body.
Shereece’s artwork has been on display at Soft Box Studios, the National Museum and at the DCFA Exhibition Hall alongside the arguably less controversial works of her peers. She also pursues collaborations with other contemporary artists outside of her studies, such as Blood Cell – a notoriously violent performance art piece by Akuzuru in 2009
|Akuzuru’s performance art piece ‘Blood Cell|
Her interest in jewellery and wire bending came as a result of firsthand experience acquired in a local mas band camp working with headdresses and wire bras. She works with a wide range of materials including leather, sheet metal, clay, wire, feathers and metal washers.
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