I Touch Myself
Femina Potens presents "I Touch Myself", a celebration of National Masturbation Month, with work by Ellen Stagg, Suzanne M. Shifflett, Cristy C. Road, and Twincest, with a window installation by Chrystall Powell.
Ellen Stagg fell in love with photography at 16. She moved to NYC from Easton, CT in 1996 to get her BFA in photography at the School of Visual Arts. In her junior year of college, she got signed with her first photography agent and stayed with them for 5 years. Two and a half years ago, Stagg began shooting more and more porn, fetish and glamour models as part of her work for staggstreet.com. Soon, she found that she had a collection of images that were too artsy for porn mags and too porny for places like Nerve.com. At the suggestion of a friend, she started a blog and was quickly noticed by the likes of Fleshbot, Complex Magazines blog, and more, catapulting her page visitors from a couple hundred a day to thousands. She continues to do commercial work of advertising, fashion and celebrities and is eager to continue working on her staggstreet.com images, with plans for photo books, gallery shows and a documentary.
Suzanne M. Shifflett was born in 1965, and grew up in Belfast Maine. Her earliest memory is of drawing with a crayon in front of the TV. She attended art school at Parson in Manhattan and Portland School of Art in Maine. In 1988, after art school, Suzanne moved to the west coast. She got a job in the Haight Ashbury district painting designs on the back of leather jackets. Shortly after she met tattooist Wayne Bruce Lee, who taught her the basics of tattooing. In 1995 Suzanne move to Portland Oregon to tattoo full time at Infinity Tattoo. In 1997 she opened her own Tattoo/art gallery called Medusa Tattoo and Gallery. Six years later Ms. Shifflett closed up shop to check out a few other cities. After time spent in Los Angeles, New Orleans and London, she ended up back in San Francisco. You can now find Suzanne painting as well as tattooing in her own shop called Modern Electric Studio, in the Mission district of San Francisco. Check out more of her work at smshifflett.com
Cristy C. Road has been illustrating ideas, people, and places ever since she learned how to hold a crayon. Blending social principles, sexual curiousity, mental inadequacies, and dirty thoughts, Road thrives to testify the beauty of the imperfect. Her repertoire consists of over ten years of independent publishing, an illustrated novel entitled Indestructible, and countless illustrations for magazines, record album art, and political organizations. She lives in Brooklyn and is working on Bad Habits, an illustrated novel set to be released in the Fall on Soft Skull Press. www.croadcore.org
Twincest is the brilliantly frightening collaboration of maverick artists Shawn Tamaribuchi and Jez Lee, who share similar backgrounds as well as a love for eccentric performance art. Their work has been defined as everything from sexual liberationist performance to that which defies expectation and cliche. They have been known to screen their home sex tapes, play with glitter and cat shit, regurgitate bacon, masturbate with hacksaws, wet themselves on stage, and drink each other's blood. As one reviewer put it, "their art is a peculiar mix of dance, naked performance, and celebration of the body and its fluids -- and it kind of makes you feel like they are going to kidnap you, mess you up real good and blow your mind. We're happy to come along for the ride." twincest.net
Chrystal Powell received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fine art/sculpture from the Academy of Art University in 2006 . She co-coordinated a group installation show at Balazo Gallery in 2007, and has been a part of group exhibitions at Sanchez Art Center, the Egg Gallery, and showcased wearable metal sculpture at the Macy's Passport runway show in 2007. Recently, she attended an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center and currently is working on a body of installation works and wearable metal sculpture pieces from her studio in the Mission district.