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Circular Score, 2020

$400

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Description

Video Installation. Image stills available upon request (pricing for image stills listed below). With virginity loss as the central theme, Calloway reconsiders the scene from Cameron Crowe’s 1980s film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, where the character Stacy Hamilton loses her virginity to a thirty-year-old man in a baseball dugout. Afterwards her male suitor never calls her again. Stacy goes on to be continually crushed and disappointed by male sexual partners throughout the film, eventually resorting to abstinence to find stability with a romantic partner. Fast Times at Ridgemont High defines an era of 1980s teen movies about virginity loss. Having a heavy impact on heterosexual dynamics in the United States, these films exasperated the already present double-standard placed on female sexuality. In this era of teen movies, opposite the experience of the male characters, female sexual freedom had terrible consequences, often ending in unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Although the film is now almost forty-years-old, it is still beloved by many, referenced frequently in contemporary pop culture. Also demeaning and outdated, fruit is used as a common symbol for the female body. In particular, strawberries are considered a symbol of purity and peaches as a symbol of innocence and virginity. In classical Western art, the Virgin Mary was frequently depicted holding peaches. In a similar religious context, Saint Francis de Sales of the Catholic Church said, “In tilling our gardens, we cannot but admire the fresh innocence and purity of the strawberry, because although it creeps along the ground, and is continually crushed by serpents, lizards, and other venomous reptiles, it does not imbibe the slightest impression of poison.”

Artfare code
02Z7F
Available for pickup
Yes
Medium

film and video | sculpture | installation

Details

11.00 x 15.00 x 1.00 in | 27.94 x 38.10 x 2.54 cm

Artwork location
Studio CC Calloway

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Artist Studio

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