Maggie West’s Latest Body of Work for Slutwalk is Gorgeous, Powerful, and Moving (NSFW)

Maggie West has a way of capturing sexuality in neon-colored hues. Removing stigma and instead offering appreciation, her work sees diverse groups of people through a rare lens. Her latest body of work, 98, is an installation that takes 40 nude portraits of diverse women to celebrate women’s right to sexual expression and protest sexual harassment and assault. The title of the piece is taken from a Department of Justice statistic that states every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. The completed installation will slightly resemble an outdoor stained glass ceiling, evoking nostalgic memories of saintly women depicted in churches. This installation is located in the center of Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles and will be unveiled during Amber Rose’s Slutwalk on Sunday, October 1st.

“Slutwalk is a celebration of female sexuality. Every year women gather at the festival to celebrate their bodies, protest gender inequality and support one another.

Throughout history, most women depicted in stained glass artwork are saints. The majority of these saints were virgins, many of whom suffered gruesome violent deaths rather than lose their “purity.” The Catholic church revered these women as much for their commitment to maintaining their virginity as their commitment to God.

Rather than be celebrated for their purity, this piece, titled 98, pays tribute women’s freedom to sexually express themselves and protest sexual violence. The title, 98, is taken from a Department Of Justice statistic that says ever 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.

Diversity is a very important part of this project. All women (including queer women, trans women, sex workers, etc) have experienced the type of harassment, violence and discrimination Slutwalk was designed to protest. This installation brings together women of various backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations to send a message about a woman’s right to sexual expression without experiencing threats or violence.” – Maggie West, 98 Artist Statement

See a selection of the individual portraits included in the 98 installation below and be sure to attend Sunday’s Slutwalk  to see the installation IRL. For more from Maggie West, follow her here.

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