A 216-page soft cover coffee table book specially commissioned to explain the story behind the making of the sculpture. Featuring life size images of all 400 casts, it is an excellent accompaniment to the artwork which also gives a flavour of the piece for those unable to visit the exhibitions.
InThe Introductionthe artist explains how and why he created this epic sculpture with step-by-step photos of the process. From its conception to the final touches he discusses the inspiration and ideas behind it as well as putting it in the context of his other artworks.
In theModels' Accountsover 100 of the women who posed for the casts explain in their own words why they did it and what it was like. Witty, poetic, erotic, harrowing, profound and emotional these are their stories. Their age range is from 18 to 76. Included are mothers and daughters, identical twins, transgendered men and women as well as a woman pre and post her first vaginal birth and another women pre and post labiaplasty. There are also casts of women which highlight some distressing conditions.
InThe Castsall 400 vagina casts are shown life size with the more unusual ones highlighted. Explanations written by the project's sexual health adviser accompany these. The artist hopes to educate and enlighten as well as address some of the stigmas and misconceptions that are commonplace. Although revealing, this is not erotic art. You can stare without shame but in wonder and appreciation of these women who bared all for the sake of art.