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The Patron Saint of Censorship by Pandora-intheSKY
The Patron Saint of Censorship

Censorship is one of the prevailing forces of my life as an artist. Literally yesterday, Instagram removed my recent painting of breasts titled “Instagram Community Guidelines” in direct opposition to Istagram’s Community Guideline’s exemption of painted nudity from its nudity sanction. I have had paintings of breasts removed because the sight of them is, quote, “damaging to children.” Lemme just back that up in case you didn’t catch it; breasts, whose basic, fundamental function is to nourish baby humans at their most vulnerable, are damaging -to children-. As an artist who works in nudes, this is my life. This is my daily fight.

I painted this for a recent show titled ‘Gaze,’ which explored the way we perceive the female body, and I thought it might be a good opportunity to explore how we choose not to look at it.

This is the Patron Saint of Censorship, High Priestess of the hidden, along with her fleet of blacked-out cherubim. And, because censorship applies not only to the body, but also to knowledge, at the temple’s alter are also the sacrifice of burning books, and fruit of the tree of knowledge, uneaten, and withering on the vine.


What should not have surprised me but did was how much more alluring she became after I veiled her. It’s axiomatic that censorship works better in accentuating than it ever does in deterring. That said, there is absolutely nothing to be censored here, because I have done the deed myself.

Oil on canvas. 2016.

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Pandora-intheSKY
The Yellow Wallpaper

For any who are unfamiliar with Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' it tells of a woman whose natural intelligence, competence, and longing for usefulness, are pathologized by her loved ones. Her starved imagination is interpreted as anxiety and weak nerves, exacerbating her situation further. She is secluded to an ominous bedroom, where the only thing she has to occupy her are the intricacies of the room's yellow wallpaper, into which she projects herself, and wherein she comes to perceive a woman, trapped.


I worked on this son of a bitch on and off for a YEAR, and it's really been the painting that fought me how to paint:P I came up with a clever way to create the wallpaper by stencil, but effed it up and had to resort to doing it all by hand. I may actually go back and add a little more detail here and there... I'm a little on the obsessive side myself!


Oil on canvas. 2016.

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Angrogen in the Garden, Genesis 1:27
Androgen in the Garden; Genesis 1:27. Graphite on canvas. 2015. Appearing at TEDxVancouver 2015.

Genesis 1:27 is a paradox. It states that the creator made man and woman both, in their own image, a chapter before the account of the division of the sexes. Christianity before the calcifying actions of the Council of Nicaea in 325 existed as a far more varied, radical, and unfamiliar religious spectrum than today. Some sects interpreted the above passage to mean that man and woman were originally created equally, others, that the first human had two faces and two fronts. Others still stumble upon the conclusion that Adam must have been a hermaphrodite. Should we choose this final interpretation, and recall that we are to have been created in the creator's image, we must ask, what does that say about god?
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The Lovers
This adaptation of the tarot card 'The Lovers' was created for the Ostara Tarot show in Vancouver. As anyone who's viewed my gallery knows well, beautiful naked people is what I do. As always, however, I try and bring to my work something more than that, some emotion, some idea, some theme. With love, I wanted to work in that it can be more complicated than attraction and affection, it can be dangerous, it can destroy you. The piece is also reversible; the orientation here is arbitrary, as the roles, dominance and balance in relationships is by no means preordained. I want also to state that anyone of any gender or persuasion could just as easily be here in this image, but I made the choice of a man and a woman to try and represent and provide room for self insertion for as many human beings as might view this image.

Graphite and gold leaf on water-colour paper, some Photoshop retouching.
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Pandora Young
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Illustrator, artist, sexpot, whatnot, working and living in beautiful Vancouver, Canada!

I am currently completing my degree in Illustration at Emily Carr University of Art + Design!

I'm always taking commissions, love collaborations, and I'm super friendly, so drop me a line any time!
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I recently did an interview with Vancouver's awesome Hot Art Wet City gallery! In truth I feel totally bashful but honoured because they have the most outstanding archive of artist interviews on their website!

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Happy birthday, girl!!! Party Absolut Deviant! 
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Happy happy birthday, dear fellow deviant! :D
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Airborne Happy Birthday! Handshake 
         Wish you all the best! I love deviantART! 
    Hope you have a wonderful day! :D (Big Grin)
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untuox Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Happy Birthday, pretty!!!
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In a short time hence, may you have a most happy birthday, for that is the day that you descended upon the Earth in a shower of lightening! :D (Big Grin)  Also, have delicious Have your cake and eat it too that day!
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popeyewong Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Artist
Beautiful and impressive artwork! Keep up the awesome work!
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Kin-Kazma Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
WHAT NO WAY ITS YOU


AND YOURE AN INCREDIBLE ARTIST!? 


IS THAT REALLY YOUR PICTURE?
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Reilune Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
:la::love::juggle::party:HAPPY:cake:BIRTHDAY!!!:party::juggle::love::la:
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Before-I-Sleep Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!!! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:
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lucium55 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Happy birthday, girl!!! Party Hug 
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