Leah Emery embroiders vintage titillating scenes, quite literally interweaving and disrupting cliché stereotypes of gender and desire. In her latest series, Animal Queendom, Emery brings animals into the frame. These disinterested bystanders create a divide from the explicit content and offer a space for normalising discussions around intimacy.
As the title of the series beacons, Emery addresses our tendency to employ male pronouns and gives voice to the female species. In Animal Queendom #3 and #4 a peahen and bird of paradise are seen on top of climaxing women. Often overshadowed by their extravagant and loud male counterparts Emery demands their attention as much as the climatic moment.
Working with vintage pornography Emery encourages awareness to body image: “I embrace and celebrate flaws and authenticity and enjoy being an advocate for aesthetic diversity. It’s only a small contribution, and we all need to find a way to kick back/protest/rebel against the heavy media scrutiny of female appearance.”
-Noelle Faulkner for Whimn.