Does Miss Erotica sleep with Mr Porn?
Québec-based Amoxes is our featured artist; he begins our art section with this
ate consideration of the merits of the erotic genre. As he argues his case, he outlines the struggle he’s had to continue producing his art in a society that is still uncomfortable with the reality of sexuality.
What is the thin line between erotic art and porno-
graphy? I guess it’s the familiar chicken or the egg question that returns to us for consideration. Or is it more a question of religious opinion and disagreement, or a question of our historical time period? One thing is for sure: one must be careful not to answer too quickly, or he (or she) might become lost in a labyrinth of complexity. This article is not meant to start a debate, or to find “the right” answer; rather, it’s an assembling of questions and personal experience. So I will stay as grounded as possible while giving my opinion to avoid the reader becoming over-
whelmed with boredom.
Does Miss Erotica sleep in the same bed with Mr Porn? That is “la question”. It is a question
that keeps coming back to me from time to time when I create erotic themes in my art. It is
asked of me by many different people from different social and cultural back-
grounds. Let’s start from the beginning.
Strangely, earlier on when I began holding my first exhibitions back in the early ’90s, it never
occurred to me that nudity was a topic of such strong social deb-
ate. I knew many people were perhaps misinformed and, for var-
ious reasons, perhaps not at ease with the subject, and in my mind this was understandable. But I never thought it could ignite such strong conflicts. I took for granted that most people were able to respond to erotic art reasonably, and in a logical man-
ner, without extreme reactions to it. In my mind it was supposed to be simple: when exhibitions con-
taining some nudity were well arranged, well prepared and placed in a public area that was acceptable for this sort of art, what could possibly be the problem?