The fabrication of this edition involved working closely with the artist to sculpt a prototype reflective of her vision for the series. This prototype was used to create molds for slip casting in both stoneware and terracotta clays. The fabricators formulated custom glazes in aqua, light pink, light aqua, and black opal to create colors derived from the natural world as envisioned by the artist. Each piece in the edition was cast, hand finished, and glazed.
Beyond the fabrication process itself, the collaboration gracefully navigated unique challenges. The project arose in the midst of ongoing challenges associated with the COVID-19 public health crisis in 2021 and also Wallace’s first year of motherhood.
The project was partially funded by a grant from the Crave Foundation, awarded to the artist for her contribution to intimate justice.
The sculptures have been made available for sale through yescliteracy.com.
Sophia Wallace, a mixed media artist, is changing the way we think about the gendered experience of embodiment. She holds a BA in Political Science from Smith College and an MA in Photography from New York University & The International Center of Photography.
Best known for her viral project CLITERACY, Wallace is interested in the ways that people assigned female at birth and trans women are denied self-determination through the weaponization of their genitals. Through diverse materials and approaches, including large text, sculpture, installation and performance, Wallace’s art seeks to establish the clitoris in visual representation; a vital part of our understanding of the body. Her work is shown widely in the US and internationally including Spain, Austria, Mexico, Italy, Nigeria, Australia and the UK.
She was recently featured in the documentary The Dilemma of Desire by Maria Finitzo, a film that initiates overdue conversations about the social negation of the right to sexual pleasure according to sex and gender. Wallace’s vital work challenges the visual tropes that venerate the phallus and perpetuate the myth that vagina, not the clitoris, is its homologue.
Exhibitions of Wallace’s art have been held at Kunsthalle Wien Museum, Samek Art Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Aperture Gallery, Taschen Gallery, Blueproject Foundation, and Newspace Center of Photography among others. Her works are in the permanent collections of Agnes Scott College, The Leslie-Lohman Museum and The Vescom Collection. Critical recognition of Wallace’s work on gendered body knowledge includes The New York Times, The Atlantic, PBS, ARTE, The Guardian, Art in America, Teen Vogue, New Yorker, Time, VICE, and Huffington Post among others. Her TED featured talk, ‘A Case For Cliteracy’ has been viewed 900,000 times while her multi-media collaboration with Huffington Post, ‘The Overdue, Under-told Story of the Clitoris’, received 3.5 million views and was translated in 3 languages. Wallace has been honored with the Griffin Museum’s Critic’s Pick Award, and PDN’s Curator Award. She was a 2012 recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship, and a 2019 “Artist On Our Radar” with Creative Capital.
She was a 2019 Artist in Residence at the Project For Empty Space Feminist Incubator and an Artist in Residence at Vermont Studio Center. She is a 2020 inaugural grantee of the Crave Foundation. Most recently, she can be seen in The Dilemma of Desire screening in film festivals worldwide and PBS’s FLOWSTATE docu-series.
CLITERACY: The Art of Intimate Justice
September 13 - November 4
CVPA Gallery, UMass Dartmouth
- Eleni Kontos
- Biata Roytburd
- Mold making
- Glaze mixing