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Skin Deep Exhibition – Cork Street, London

As part of his latest exhibition at Hay Hill Gallery, artist Jamie McCartney presents a large-scale wall sculpture entitled, The Great Wall of Vagina – which consists of an entire wall taken over by sculptural casts of female genitalia. The work may seem shocking but there is good reason: to attempt to counter the recent rise in cosmetic labial surgery.

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The exhibition also includes the artist’s latest body of work entitled Physical Photography, which takes a similarly direct approach to the human form. Using a document scanner to photograph his models, he brings a close up and vivid realism to these life-sized portraits. The beautiful images are testament to what happens when you let an artist loose on a bit of technology.

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The Philosophical Society – Trinity College Dublin

On my second of three invitations to Trinity College Dublin, I was invited to speak at The Phil on the motion “This house believes that porn is art”. Originally I was asked to speak against the motion but in the course of constructing my arguments I decided that I couldn’t and switched sides. I’m not saying that porn is good or bad or harmful or not. That isn’t the debate. I’m saying that on a axis of variation from a simple nude image to hardcore pornography, wherever you you draw a line is just a contruct based on your own beliefs and prejudices. It is a continuum.

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Porn uses the same media as art, is often created by artists and requires aesthetic decision making. So it is art. It may not be good art but art it is. It was a fascinating debate and a great evening with a bunch of brilliant students and brothel owner Dennis Hof, a very colourful character.

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BBC3 – Russell Howard’s Good News

I was asked to appear as a guest on the show in the Headliners slot. All a bit silly really but if it gets The Great Wall of Vagina to a new audience then what’s the harm? Russell Howard’s Good News Series 7 Episode 12

Skin Deep Exhibition on Latest TV

Latest TV previews artist Jamie McCartney’s SKIN DEEP exhibition on London’s Cork Street. Featuring The Great Wall of Vagina and the artist’s latest body of work entitled Physical Photography.

SKIN DEEP opened at the Hay Hill Gallery on London’s Cork Street on May 8th 2012. It ran until June 9th after a week long extension due to popularity.

Skin Deep Press Clip

As part of his latest exhibition at Hay Hill Gallery, artist Jamie McCartney presents a large-scale wall sculpture entitled, The Great Wall of Vagina – which consists of an entire wall taken over by sculptural casts of female genitalia. The work may seem shocking but there is good reason: to attempt to counter the recent rise in cosmetic labial surgery.

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The exhibition also includes the artist’s latest body of work entitled Physical Photography, which takes a similarly direct approach to the human form. Using a document scanner to photograph his models, he brings a close up and vivid realism to these life-sized portraits. The beautiful images are testament to what happens when you let an artist loose on a bit of technology. Jamie’s eagerly awaited debut exhibition opens at the Hay Hill Gallery on London’s Cork Street on May 8th 2012.

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BBC news – Message in a Bottle part 1

In May 2007 Jamie McCartney created an artwork whilst stranded on a sailing boat in a windless Atlantic Ocean. He threw 3 bottles into the sea on 3 consecutive days as he approached the Azores. Each bottle contained a message and half a $20 bill with instructions to return the bottle to him and claim $100.

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Photos of the bottles and the $100 were placed in frames with the words “This sculpture isn’t finished yet’ written across them. A year and a half later one bottle was returned to him and the sculpture was completed. “When you throw something into the middle of an Ocean, you really don’t expect to hold it in your hands ever again. I’m amazed and delighted that with the help of a stranger the artwork was completed. It’s really wonderful. I feel like a castaway who has been found.”

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BBC news – Message in a Bottle part 2

A follow up film documenting the latest twist in the tale of Jamie McCartney’s 2007 artwork. He threw 3 bottles into the sea on 3 consecutive days as he approached the Azores. Each bottle contained a message and half a $20 bill with instructions to return the bottle to him and claim $100.

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Photos of the bottles and the $100 were placed in frames with the words “This sculpture isn’t finished yet’ written across them. A year and a half later one bottle was returned to him and the sculpture was completed. “When you throw something into the middle of an Ocean, you really don’t expect to hold it in your hands ever again. I’m amazed and delighted that with the help of a stranger the artwork was completed. It’s really wonderful. I feel like a castaway who has been found.”

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Sex How to Do Everything – Design A Vagina

In its early stages The Great Wall of Vagina was known as “Design A Vagina” as a comment on ‘designer vagina’ surgeries. In this 2008 film from a ten part Channel 5 series exploring sex and sexuality, Jamie casts a woman who feels insecure about her labia. The experience totally changes her feelings about herself. These early successes inspired Jamie to continue the work and develop it into the now famous artwork.

La Muralla Vaginal – Colombian TV

A Spanish language Colombian TV programme, Mi Revolucion Erotica all about La Muralla Vaginal aka The Great Wall of Vagina.

Physical Photography – Factory Art Gallery Berlin

Interview with Jamie McCartney about his Physical Photography series in the Project Berlin “Born To Be Alive – I Tell You We Must Die!” exhibition, October 2012.

Is My Vagina Normal? Dr Phil’s Embarrassing Problems

Dr Phil Hammond reviews The Great Wall of Vagina book, which demonstrates the range of normal, healthy genital appearance. Also included are with the stories of 100 of the women who took part, in their own words.

Intime Kunst! Dieser Mann ist der Meister der Gips Vaginas – Bild.de TV

Scheide, Möse, Muschi, Pussy — das sind nur vier von unzähligen Begriffen für das weibliche Geschlechtsteil. Doch selbst Jahrzehnte nach der sexuellen Revolution fällt es vielen Frauen schwer, ungeniert über ihren Hot-Spot zu sprechen. Der britische Künstler Jamie McCartney (40) scheint ein Mittel gegen diese Ängste zu haben. Er überzeugte 350 Frauen, sich ihm zu öffnen und einen Gipsabdruck ihres Geschlechtsteils machen zu dürfen! Das kunstvolle Ergebnis: die große Wand der Vaginas.

A Fior Di Pelle – ITALIAN VERSION – RSI 04 marzo 2012

Un documentario TV della Svizzera italiana sul mio lavoro per le serie Physical Photography e casting della vagina per la mostra Skin Deep alla Hay Hill Gallery di Londra, maggio 2012

Duke of Yorks legs – part 1

These 3m high cancan legs were commissioned by the new Duke of Yorks cinema at Komedia in Brighton, UK. Sculpted in polystyrene, covered in fibreglass, smoothed off and painted, they took 2 months to complete – but it was worth it!!

Duke of Yorks legs – part 2

These 3m high cancan legs were commissioned by the new Duke of Yorks cinema at Komedia in Brighton, UK. Sculpted in polystyrene, covered in fibreglass, smoothed off and painted, they took 2 months to complete – but it was worth it! Installing then was no picnic either…

Jamie McCartney: an interview with the artist

A short interview with Jamie McCartney by some media studies students about The Great Wall of Vagina sculpture and exhibition.

The Great Wall of Vagina Exhibition

Akshata Rao reports on The Great Wall of Vagina which premiered at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2011. It features plaster casts of vulvas from 400 women. One of the oldest volunteers, a 76 years old, shares her experience.

The Great Wall of Vagina – Part 2 “The exhibition”

Capturing the very first public exhibition of the Great Wall of Vagina sculpture in the artist’s studio, May 2011. A taste of the exhibition and a short interview with Jamie at the end, talking about how it felt to finally put on the show.

Music video – “If Pacino Was God” by OMARASHI

Celebrated Brighton band Omarashi perform their latest hit single featuring Jamie McCartney’s sculpture “The Impossibility of Passion”.

The great wall of vagina exhibition

At the first exhibition of the Great Wall of Vagina sculpture, artist Jamie McCartney talks to Latest TV about his work, how the show is going and the souvenirs people are buying…

The Great Wall of Vagina – Part 1 “The Making Of”

For six months a documentary team followed sculptor Jamie McCartney as he strove to complete the Great Wall of Vagina sculpture. As well as filming all the processes involved and interviewing Jamie after the wall was finally finished they also spoke to a number of the women who were cast. This is the story of how the Great Wall of Vagina was made…

The Great Wall of Vagina – Brighton Festival Fringe

Sculptor Jamie McCartney talks to the Fringe in his studio all about his vagina sculpture.

The Great Wall of Vagina press clip

One man, five years, 400 women. A short film all about how and why the Great Wall of Vagina came into being.