Besides being the greatest pun ever, "The Great Wall of Vagina" is a 10-panel polyptych series by British artist Jamie McCartney made up of 400 molds of the vaginas of 400 different women.
The women depicted ranged in age from 18 to 76 and included women who had given birth, had vaginal piercings, were virgins, were twins, and transgendered women.
This piece of artwork literally changed my life when I saw it for the first time about three years ago.
Both women and men in most cultures generally aren’t exposed to images of vaginas nearly to the same degree as we are images of penises. Even if you actively seek out images of vaginas, usually through pornography, the vaginas you do see are plucked and shrunken minority representations of our gender. I was always very concerned and insecure of the fact that because my vagina wasn’t “porn-worthy”, it was a deformity. Beyond being completely captivated and wanting to stare at it for hours, I was so relieved when I saw McCartney’s work. Vaginas are fascinatingly freakish individuals.
If you could only eat one thing every day for the rest of your life…
Q: You were doing a lot of writing.
A: I guess. But a lot of it was desperate. I really wanted to change my life. Having a kid made me serious about my life in a way that I hadn’t been before.
Q: You felt like you were complacent before?
A: Yeah. I wasn’t serious. I had no stake in the world, so my ambitions tended to be tamped down because at the end of the day I didn’t give a shit.