What do you get when you mix a sex educator with a creative mind? A spectacular series of erotic assemblages. Zoë Ligon is no stranger to the world of sex. This sex teacher, sex shop owner, writer and artist takes her experience and creates provocative erotic collages.
Zoë Ligon Beginnings
The impetus for creating erotic art began when she accidentally came across internet porn. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Ignon states she got more than what she bargained for while searching for the Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” music video. Instead of Fergiliscousness, “it was seven girls on their hands and knees and this guy spanking them like a xylophone.” “I remember thinking, woah, I wasn’t meant to see that. It was shocking, but I wasn’t offended or anything. I’d just never seen people behaving in such a playful manner ― while nude.”
Hints of Porn
Ligon makes her collages from cutting and pasting tear-outs from old girlie magazines. A majority of her material is sourced from an adult bookstore in Detroit. She transforms the material made for men and creates erotic work that everyone can appreciate, especially women.
Carefully repurposing old magazines containing pornography is all part of the process for Ligon. She enjoys transforming the hardcore imagery into something less polarizing. Her belief is that it makes porn more palatable for those who normally do not consume it.
“A partial motivation behind my art is to expose more folks to the concept of “non-traditional” sex.” —-Zoe Ligon
An interesting tidbit about Zoë Ligon is, unlike a lot of people in the sex industry, she does not use a fake name. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with being authentic. She experienced anxiety after doxxed a few times. Perhaps this is why her work is a perfect blend of sex and anonymity.
“Until our society reaches a point where working with sexuality isn’t seen as a negative mark on your record, anonymity is crucial to the safety of all types of professionals in the industry.” —- Zoë Ligon
To see more work by Zoë Ligon, visit her site here.2