Listening Heart

Terra Cotta, Milk, Paint, Pigment
approximately 3” W


Listening Heart embodies a vulva on one side and a pair of ears on the other that references the vulva's consciousness, capable of listening.  Listening Heart reminds me of  Eve Ensler's birth monologue in that it  references the consciousness and multi-layered meanings of the vulva.  

Ensler’s (1998, p.124-125) monologue on birth:
I stood, and as I stared, her vagina suddenly
became a wide red pulsing heart.
The heart is capable of sacrifice.
So is the vagina.
The heart is able to forgive and repair.
It can change its shape to let us in.
It can expand to let us out.
So can the vagina.
It can ache for us and stretch for us, die for us
and bleed and bleed us into this difficult,
wondrous world.
So can the vagina. 

Replicas of Listening Heart are available in a variety of colors for sale. 

Ensler (1998) The Vagina Monologues. New York : Villard Books.

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