The pop provocateur has created an artwork in which an army of fleshies, or masturbation devices, seek sexual liberation. She talks us through its deeper meanings
Best known for her vagina bodysuits and sexually charged lyrics, Peaches seems an unlikely art-world darling. But in 2007, the French artist Sophie Calle asked the electropunk queen to respond, in the form of a song, to a breakup email Calle had received. The work was one of 100 that appeared in Calles show Take Care of Yourself, which premiered at the Venice Biennale. Then in 2013, Yoko Ono invited Peaches to re-enact her seminal 1964 performance Cut Piece, letting audience members snip away at the singers clothes until they had entirely gone. Now, 20 years after unleashing her sex-positive signature song Fuck the Pain Away, Peaches finally has an exhibition of her own.
I was like, I want to make new art, the Berlin-based, Canadian musician says of the show, which is titled Whose Jizz Is This? A nod to her 2015 track Dick in the Air, its a deconstructed musical in 14 scenes, revolving around a series of new works featuring sculpture, prints, video and an eclectic cast of sex toys. This comes to life via a carefully choreographed light show and soundtrack. The exhibition coincides with an over-the-top live show, Theres Only One Peach with the Hole in the Middle, involving 40 performers and musicians. Having just opened at the Hamburgs Kampnagel theatre, it will play for one night only at the Royal Festival Hall in London later this month.
A speculative, post-human tale with an absurdist twist, the exhibition chronicles the emancipation of the fleshies a community of double-ended silicone masturbators that have broken free from human domination and are now seeking their own sexual liberation. They look like disembodied objects where all youre thinking about is holes, says Peaches of the male self-pleasuring devices, which she accidentally encountered in a crudely made YouTube review video. This also appears in the show. I thought, What if the fleshies decided to rewrite their own narrative and realise they have all the equipment to satisfy themselves in a sexual way?
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