The Nipple Project, 2018
In the Spring of 2018 I put out a call around Pittsburgh, PA for female identifying individuals to come to my studio and have their nipples cast. My goal for the project was to have a final installation of 100 metal nipples, but the end product far surpassed my expectations resulting in an installation of distinct 250 nipple casts from 125 participants ranging in age from 18 to 74. In casting female nipples in metal and displaying them publicly, I sought to challenge censorship laws surrounding the female body, symbolically evoke solidarity and strength, and create a space of celebration for my participants beautiful bodies. I am so grateful to the 125 women who shared in this experience and who shared their powerful stories with me along the way.
In 2019 and 2020 I’ll be collaborating with local Pittsburgh artist Sydney Davis on a series of Nipple Project Workshops, where female, trans, non-binary, and non-male participants can take molds of their nipples to add to the growing archive! Participants will also be mailed their own copy of their personal castings.
Sydney will be running an art therapy activity consistent with her apparel brand NipLids where people can print and paint nipples on hats.
The first of these workshops will be held at Nova Space in Pittsburgh on October 8th from 7-9pm. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this workshop will be centered around those who have survived or are battling breast cancer, their friends, families, and caretakers. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this unique experience, send me an email at email@example.com .
This project is made possible by the Frank Ratcheye Studio For Creative Inquiry FRFAF MIcrogrant.