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Art shouldn’t always have to be political––but once a woman’s body is rendered, it pretty much automatically is. And if the work is even remotely sexual, we have to ask: is she being objectified or empowered? Is it feminist? What does ‘feminist’ even mean anymore? Because let’s be honest, a lot of so-called feminist art sucks, and I’ve definitely seen it used more as a millennial branding tactic than actually helping the cause, at least since the ideology became fashionable a couple of years ago. And while the word is obviously still a crucial piece of our vocabulary, the most feminist thing we can do right now is evaluate the integrity of each person, artist, and cause on a case by case basis, divorced from how they self-identify. That’s how self-proclaimed non-feminist @pigolin made it onto our radar––and he’s got the right ideas.
Creating glossy digital renderings of weirdly sexy scenes, Lin brings some much needed imagination to the world of “artistic nudes.” The 33-year-old Taiwanese illustrator started out his career illustrating children’s books, until he realized that was literally the polar opposite of his jam. Now he draws fantastical, “soft erotic art.” While he takes inspiration from manga, Lin isn’t approaching the sexual aspects of his work the way mainstream porn producers look at sex. “Women are always described as passive––that’s not all they are. Women can exist in a variety of modes.” he told us, “and I would describe the women I draw as soft, and tough, and durable.”
The context behind his drawings makes the work even better, because he’s not just playing with phallic imagery and depicting women as sex objects––he’s exploring different facets of female sexuality without exploiting or intellectualizing it. It’s sexy without “sexiness” being the whole point. By sticking with a lot of masturbation scenes, and keeping his art as subtle as manga can be, Lin actually enables his audience to regain a sense of play with sex. Which is cool, and very necessary, since the world is burning and we probably don’t have much time left. Lin says he hopes his work inspires people to enjoy sex as one of life’s greatest pleasures, because in his own life, “Sex is sex. And I love it.” Amen.
Check out some of our favorite of his pieces, above.