When Did We Decide That Nudity In Art Is ‘Pornography’?!


This is how mainstream ‘social’ ‘media’ would like you to view my art – see the painting in full, below

Hi dear friend,

If you’ve been following me on ‘social’ ‘media’, you’ll know that my art was censored (yet again) on both Facebook and Instagram last month.

This had me raging, taking my art off the two platforms, and thinking VERY deeply on what the whole issue means: for me, for my business, for my art’s visibility in the world, for the direction that mainstream is leading folks, for the future of human consciousness that is not being exposed to art, what happens to all the artists, what happens to people when they are no longer permitted to see imagery of unclothed human beings… without them being in some way sexualised.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

Ironically, the image in question (this time) did contain a big, happy, golden erect male member, BUT this is NOT a ‘SEXUAL’ IMAGE: this is a painting which speaks to the deep harmony between a man and a woman, as she prepares herself to take in his lineage, his genetic and familial heritage, holding the space for hers and his family stories to become one – in her gestating their child.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

His lingam is a holy transmitter of his deepest essence and power: it is neither weapon nor means of attacking or hurting the femine, nor is it offensive or against family values (haha – how ironic!) or any other negative connotation (as our culture projects onto it).

The beautiful engorged lingam is a divine symbol of connecting worlds; the lingam and the sperm which it transports, are all about connecting spirit, life, vitality, love, fortitude, stability – sharing it from the masculine into the gmeinne, so that it may serve the harmony of our shared future.

The painting speaks to the profound humility and SERVICE that we bring to the world, in our vulnerability in love, and in making new life.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

It also speaks of this deep feminine alchemy; the sacred offering-up of her very identity and story, her vulnerability and potent ability to O P E N on all levels, to accept the other, and all that comes with him. Her strength to both hold all of her own sentience, herstory, sense of self, whilst simultaneously accepting another’s reality and family line to literally come through her, be woven into and out of her…

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

As I speak to in the video below, the sensuality in this context, is something VERY DIFFERENT than the peak-orgasm-focussed, immature male, superficial titillation, or the ‘porn model’ of ‘sexuality’, which is so prevalent-and-at-the-same-time-‘forbidden’ (‘forbidden’ meaning really, commercialised and marketed like fuck, ubiquitously) in our modern world.

This ‘forbidden-and-yet-everywhere’ is one of the major methods of bondage into the patriarchal power/ energy hierarchy. We’re all are trained early on to:

  • separate our ‘sexuality’ from the rest of our physical, mental, emotional and energetic body
  • to see this ‘part’ of us as something ‘rude’ or ‘bad’ and so to be kept hidden
  • at the same time, to have our emotions, minds and physical bodies to be stimulated artificially and superficially, into tension and instant gratification

Which pulls us completely out of the path of self-knowledge, integration, healing, expansion and illumination, that sensual union is ultimately all about. In many ways, I feel that even using the word ‘sexuality’ or ‘sex’ is hugely misleading and distracting from the truth of the matter.

This is a video of this new painting illiustrated in this blog – and my feelings around it having been censored on Instagram and Facebook as ‘pornographic’.

So the whole event of art and ideas like these being censored in the mainstream, is intimately entwined with a) the non-mature masculine concept of sex as peak/ tension orgasm (hugely limited view of human potential!), and b) the de-evolving of human consciousness into the collective presumption that nudity equals (the afore-mentioned kind of) ‘sex’ – that the human body has no other significance nor can it be interpeted in any other way.

This essentially gives us a profound collective sense of our lives being COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS AND SHALLOW – and gets us into this drive of desperately trying to titillate ourselves, be that sexually, with food or drink, substances or clicking on nice pictures and stories online.

Which in turn leads us further into this spiralling atrophy, because what we are seeing in mainstream online, is the systematic removal of profoundly important images of ourselves – images from art in particular, which DON’T tow the corporate-values party line. The System will have you think that the sacredness of (especially women’s) wholistic, sentient ecstatic existence, should be shut down, hidden and labelled as ‘dirty’.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

Censoring the human body is no small issue: we have had the human body in art and at the centre of community life for millennia – since the beginning of time, in fact. The human body without clothing is a vital symbol of ourself, ourselves; of what we inherently are, what we feel, what we represent and can be, and much more. The fact of not adorning the body, not putting clothes on, gives us the directness that art needs – to speak of truth, vulnerability, unmasked reality – without being bound to a particular time and place. The naked body is what allows art to speak across centuries and cultures, languages and norms.

Clare Galloway artist http://www.clareartista.com

The more I unravelled this ball of tangled, contrary ideas and assumptions, the deeper I realised that it goes… I speak more strongly in previous podcasts around this (here, about leaving social media, on my Patreon pages), as I have swung from being heart-broken to raging to THIS MUCH CHANGE to oh, there’s actually a whole other world out there of people like me who are also leaving the mainstream for the same reasons!

So I’m also now seeing-feeling-understanding the gift in having been censored and effectively strong-armed out of the mainstream. I speak in this month’s podcast about how something that can seem huge and challenging, often holds treasure in its heart, if we’re able to see how it is aligning us with our deeper truth:

This month’s podcast is on ‘Spontaneous Holy Work’ or following one’s Creative Flow – allowing our work to flow through us…

The gift that I speak about is something that I’ve always worked with: when something (seemingly) disruptive, disappointing, or even soul-destroying comes along – we have two main choices; we can try to resist it, or we can move with it and through it. The latter being the more productive and rewarding path, which leads us to deeper understanding of the world, our place in it, and our direction as a collective of human being.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

It might seem like we should be martyrs, welcoming pain or suffering, but it’s actually a suggestion that in not being attached to hardship, we’re able to move through it (and get beyond it) much more quickly and efficiently – and we’re able to glean great lessons and treasures from it.

When we really bring our full presence and attention to our personal struggles, without trying to control them, to get rid of them, or fight against them – when we simply accept that this is part of life, this experience has purpose and potential in it, and that it will pass… we allow something precious to come through us, which simply cannot exist when we’re tensed up in combat towards whatever is happening around us.

detail from Sharing Ancestry, Creating Future painting, 2019

There’s a subtle-but-quantum difference between seeing what is happening around us as meaningless or random, and seeing it as having deeper underlying purpose and reason.

Clare Galloway artist http://www.clareartista.com

When we look with the latter perspective, we can feel ourselves as an integral part of the universe, and we can feel our way forward too – we can feel what wants to be said and done, for the good of all things, in this moment – rather than scrabbling full of fear to survive in a world which appears to be unfolding chaotically – even violently, dangerously – our tense minds and feelings always somewhere other than now.

Although it might seem (on the surface/ at first) that having art removed from the mainstream might threaten the very soul of the world… Actually, it might make profound sense to remove the real art – art that transmits deep truth – to a safer place, away from the collective projection that ‘bodies without clothing are inherently wrong’. And thus to make it all the more visible by its absence…?

Clare Galloway artist http://www.clareartista.com

Two additional videos this month, which you will see always on Patreon if you join me there:

Don’t think you can just monetise you art… Unless

And Clare Galloway artist – income and expenditure 2018

I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this – do comment below, and please share if you think people should be being more aware of what is happening behind the scenes in social media (which is limiting what we’re able to see, hear and think about our reality)!

Much love and a beautiful deep day to you,

***THE HAPPY ENDING ***

  • If you feel generous, please make a donation to all that I’m doing on Patreon or Ko-fi – click the links to find out more. Most of what I share in the world doesn’t immediately get rewarded financially, and I’m moving more and more into the gifting culture to support my creative flow
  • My art school website has moved, and is now part of this website, see here; my art is on Etsy – see all the paintings currently available in my catalogue; art holidays with me in Italy are on VAWAA.
  • Social media: I am leaving mainstream social media with my art – keep in touch via Patreon or Ko-fi, or join @clareartista on Steemit/ d.tube/ Partiko

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