"cu" is one of the oldest enunciations in recorded language. It
is found in words that are quintessentially associated with femininity,
such as "cow" (female animal), and "queen" (female monarch).
My cultural experience with language inspired this project. As a foreigner with English as a second language, I not only had to constantly learn new vocabularies, but also the nuance and the cultural background of these new vocabularies to fully understand their meanings. I also had to learn about slang. Initially, I didn't have much sense of slang, so I had the emotional freedom to derive my own impressions. Some slang I found to be unpleasant, while others I found to be witty or humorous. I often find my impressions of most English slang are different from those who grew up in western culture, which conversely I strongly feel is the same case when it comes to westerners and the slang of my language.
For me, the most natural word for the female genitalia is "yoni." In Sanskrit, "yoni" is defined as "origin" or "source". In that culture, women have long been regarded as an embodiment of divine feminine energy. The female genital is honored as the sacred symbol of the great goddess, mother-nature, and the source of all. In contrast with eastern and ancient culture, most slang of the female genital in western culture has a pornographic and/or derogatory connotation. Therefore, the objective of this project is to express my personal perspective of certain slang of the female genital by bringing to light some of their inherent obscurities through humor and beauty. Part of my motivation for this project also comes from my personal process to liberate myself from the cultural conditioning I received while growing up in my country about sexuality. In my research, I have discovered about 250 slang for the female genitalia of which I selected 35 to visualize. This is the first batch of installation, out of a series, that I plan to create.