Explicit, natural, funny, and surreal are the sexual explorations of illustrator Apollonia Saintclair. Her images are thinly veiled erotica with an open chest of taboos. Her fine ink strokes give personality and texture to nonexistent humans in suggestive poses. The drawings run an enviable gamut of erotic situations, from expansive landscapes, to boudoir settings. The erotic—often downright pornographic—illustrations are largely influenced by the black-and-white cinema of the 60s, the unconscious limbo that comes prior to sleep, and the literature of Jorge Luis Borges, Guy de Maupassant, and HP Lovecraft. Says Saintclair, the artistic process is based on two concepts: history and graphic impact combining and thus "creating images with great visual power.
Erotica/sexually explicit art
By Artspace Editors. But what about those works whose subjects slid right past first base and sometimes even second and third? C— A. Image courtesy of the Art Insitute of Chicago. The Moche civilization dominated the arid north coast of Peru from around the first to the eighth century AD. Its peoples harnessed the waters of the Andes to create a sophisticated culture with a highly stratified urban society centered on ceremonial pyramid complexes called huacas. Their material culture includes exquisitely crafted textiles, ornamental objects in gold and semi-precious stones, wall paintings, tattooed mummies, and ceramics.
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It has included works in almost any visual medium, including drawings, engravings, films, paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Some of the earliest known works of art include erotic themes, which have recurred with varying prominence in different societies throughout history. However it has also been widely considered taboo, with either social norms or laws restricting its creation, distribution, and possession, particularly when it is deemed to be " pornographic ", " immoral ", or " obscene ". The definition of erotic art is somewhat subjective, and dependent on context, since perceptions of both what is erotic and what is art vary.
Since the beginning of civilization, humans have incorporated sexuality into erotic art, worship, and daily life. There have been cultures and times were explicit references to sexuality were more accepted by societal norms, and times when there have not. However, the repressive view of sexuality espoused by the Church in the Middle Ages, and then the repressed sexuality of the Victorian era have left many in the Western world believing that few if any in the past were willing and able to accept and even revel in their sexuality. Most of us look to the past and think of an era where sexuality was a taboo subject, until the groundbreaking social changes of the 60s and 70s.