By Marie Espenido
The Goodie Box Size 46.8" by 33.1"
Poster Mounted on 1" Card
Delivery Time: 1 week within Alberta; Up to 6 weeks outside Alberta
Sex evolution is a broad theme that could be interpreted in many different ways, however after engaging with so many people about this topic I knew the direction I wanted to take was to evolve sex forward into what it should be; an open conversation, fun, pleasurable, safe, consensual, and natural. There are so many negative connotations about sex and the people involved, people see it as taboo, risqué, and dangerous. Deciding on what the imagery should be was difficult but I decided that interpreting this theme through food would deliver the message the strongest.
Sex and food share a lot of similarities in terms of experiencing sensations of pleasure, desire, and satisfaction. They are also similar in the contexts that you can share the experience with someone or experience it alone. They’re diverse in terms of there are so many ways to have sex and each experience is valid, and there are so many things that can fall under the category “food”. They are also connected to one another through innuendos, and at times actually being used during intercourse. For this illustration, I decided to go with chocolate because in terms of relativity nothing else comes close. I chose chocolate for this illustration because I believe chocolate could best demonstrate my interpretation of the theme. For the most part, people rarely criminalize chocolate, but rather love it and embrace it. If we think of these chocolates as sexual experiences of individuals they become rather pleasant, and people are much more accepting of them. Similar to chocolates, people closely associated with sex should be loved like anybody for who they are on the inside and out. Sex can be seen as a great thing, and accepting and acknowledging this will help push evolve sex in the right direction.
In terms of the physical illustration, it is a box of chocolate with each piece representing something related to sex. There are reproductive organs, objects used before and during sex, and there are representations of people who have been affected by some sort of sexual event whether it was abuse, rape, STIs and indeed HIV. Overall I wanted the style of the illustration to be light and allow for open conversation, and if possible change the people’s perception of sex to a more positive one.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: @mariespenido
The Ribbon Rouge Arts Illustration Mentorship program was powered by the Graphic Designers of Canada and sponsored by ATB Financial.
These illustrations show case art created by students from art programs at the University of Alberta, Macewan University, ECAD and Pixel Blue. These students compiled ethnographic information from former female sex trade workers and intravenous users living with HIV in Edmonton as well as from the point of view of a female transgender contributor in Edmonton. This collection shares their stories through visual arts.
2016 Theme - #sexolution
The Evolution of Sex
An exploration of how our notions of sexuality have evolved from heterosexuality and rare often derogatory mentions about homosexuality & bisexuality, to a broader understanding and knowledge about LGBTQQIP2SAA. It also tackles themes about one of the most pressing human rights issues facing Canadians today - the high rate of sexual violence against women. It is an exploration of the need for an evolution in our hearts to move away from harmful rape culture, social norms and, in some cases, criminal laws, in order to reduce the transmission of HIV.
Every human being is entitled to the highest attainable standard of health, privacy, liberty and security, freedom of expression and assembly, gender equality, freedom from violence and arbitrary arrest, free choice of employment and just and favourable conditions of work, non-discrimination, and the prohibition of forced labour, child labour and trafficking.
Irrespective of choice of employment, sexuality & gender
Funds generated by art sales will fund our initiatives towards social change for zero HIV