The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

#MeToo – for Cecilia in Trastevere

#MeToo – for Cecilia in Trastevere

Sitting on top of a nest of string is a hand knit pussy hat, a pomegranate rests on the crown. The pussy hat has become synonymous for women’s rights and the #MeToo movement. #MeToo also explores “sacred anatomy,” a term coined by Jonathan Sawday to describe the pre-16th century practice of dismembering cadavers, particularly nobility and saints, in order to disperse the remains/relics for widespread worship. St. Cecilia took a vow of virginity and was martyred after refusing to renounce her Christian faith.  The legend of St. Cecilia claims that, even after being struck by a sword three times in an attempt to behead her, she miraculous lived for three days before finally dying.  When her body was exhumed about 1,300 years later, it was incorrupt.  A church was erected at the site, and pomegranates adorn the balustrade surrounding the altar. It is my intention to provoke contemplation on how we perceive, stereotype, and stigmatize the female body and to bring awareness to my viewers of their physicality, their sexuality, and all its implications.

6" x 13" 15"
cast silicone, acrylic and cotton fiber, pubic hair, cast aluminum
Year Created: 
2018