The Glitoris is a giant sparkling 100:1 scale model anatomical of a clitoris - one of the most misunderstood parts of the human body.
The Glitoris depicts not just the tip you can see above the surface but the entire organ: 18 different interconnected parts of muscle, nerves and erectile tissue beneath the surface.
This was made as a fun, playful way to educate and celebrate this misunderstood organ. Originally it was going to be just a little passion project to kick off the year, made as a party treat for my immediate queer and warehouse artist communities in inner west Sydney. But the political timing, and hunger for this knowledge, meant it suddenly went viral - being shared hundreds of thousands of times in many languages.
In a world where radical right wing politics is on the rise and we are being told to hate our bodies from every direction, access to the pleasure your body can give is a vital right worth defending.
Taking advantage of that pleasure is an act of defiance.
Coming from a love of sparkly subversive queer performance and terrible vintage sci-fi, the Clitorati are the way to bring the Glitrotis to the people.
These ambassadors for the clit make the subject super approachable by combining dance and performance with audience engagement and education on the ways and wonders of the clitoris. It means its not a detached art piece in a museum or photograph; people can come up and have a chat or a hug, take some selfies, gently stroke the Glitoris. We want it to be fun to learn about our bodies and pleasure. After all that is what the clitoris - the only known organ who's only purpose is pleasure - would want.
Performers: Ellie Downing, Alli Sebastian Wolf, Caitlin Doyle-Markwick, Inga Ting
Photo Credit: Oscar Colman, Heaps Gay, Tim de-Rin
We will continue to do performances and talks at events and festivals - we love that! It has been a real privilege to be a messenger for the clitoris. This project just a small part of an international awakening in understanding the clitoris that started in the medical sciences and has moved into art.
The Glitoris has made thousands of people around the world more aware of their own and each others bodies, given them access to pleasure and connection and hopefully improved their lives in doing so.
But now I want to take that further and help people who have had their right to clitoral pleasure violated.
You can help by buying one of these little Glitorises here:
50%of the profits will go directly to providing free surgeries to repair clitoris after Female* (*people born with a clitoris including trans men, intersex, non binary and non identifying people) Genital Mutilation.
Currently I'm talking to a number of organisations, including AusAid and Unisef, to find one that will be able to make the most difference. This is a complicated and process with a lot of factors, but I hope it will be locked in soon. Please contact me if you have advice or suggestions.
Clitbait: 10 things you didn't know about the clitoris
'Palmer said it was the most effective artwork in the fight against fascism she’d ever seen. Wolf will settle for a world with equality on toilet walls, where there are as many clitorises graffitied as penises...
With Glitoris, she wanted to create “something fun and fabulous ... [and] really pleasurable to engage with – not a static artwork or an anatomy lesson, but something where people could come have a bit of a fondle and enjoy the sparkly colours”.'
Read the full article HERE
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