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These Pussy Pipes Are Beautiful And Political

Caitlin Rose Sweet talks about the urgency of queer, body-positive art.

This is artist Caitlin Rose Sweet.

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Sweet has a background in making ceramics and textiles, which she's featured in gallery installations throughout her career.

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But she also uses that ceramics expertise to craft beautiful functional objects, including vulva-inspired pipes. Or, as she likes to call them, pussy pipes.

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Sweet said she started making pussy pipes and other usable objects because she "wanted [her] work to be accessible and live with people, to be touched, to be an extension of [herself] out in the world creating kinship."

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"My art is about creating space for queerness to exist unapologetically in the world," Sweet told BuzzFeed.

"We live in a world that makes it really hard to be queer, and my work is about continuing to exist in such a hostile place," Sweet said. "I make objects that help connect people with queerness."
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"We live in a world that makes it really hard to be queer, and my work is about continuing to exist in such a hostile place," Sweet said. "I make objects that help connect people with queerness."

And why pipes specifically?

"Throughout history, people have been using plants as medicine and as a way to change their relationship to the world," said Sweet. "One's ability to alter their own body [through using said plants] is major and powerful."
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"Throughout history, people have been using plants as medicine and as a way to change their relationship to the world," said Sweet. "One's ability to alter their own body [through using said plants] is major and powerful."

Sweet feels her work is especially important now, given the current political climate.

"My work is body- and sex-positive; it's about radical self-determination and bodily autonomy," she said. "Bodily autonomy is so important, now more than ever."
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"My work is body- and sex-positive; it's about radical self-determination and bodily autonomy," she said. "Bodily autonomy is so important, now more than ever."

"Six months ago, if you asked me whether making pussy pipes was a revolutionary act, I would have said no," Sweet told BuzzFeed. "But now I'm really committed to making them."

"As long as I am here, I might as well throw gold glitter into eyes of heteronormativity and make weird-ass queer surrealist craft to help combat the boring and depressing nature of the normative world."You can see Sweet's pussy pipes and other crafts here.
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"As long as I am here, I might as well throw gold glitter into eyes of heteronormativity and make weird-ass queer surrealist craft to help combat the boring and depressing nature of the normative world."

You can see Sweet's pussy pipes and other crafts here.

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