Man Ray, Pisces, 1938
Carolee Schneemann, performing Interior Scroll, 1975
Carolee Schneemann, Up To And Including Her Limits, crayon on paper, 1973–76
Carolee Schneemann - Interior Scroll
In East Hampton in 1975, the artist performed a piece called Interior Scroll, which started with Schneeman disrobing and doing art-school figure study poses on a table. Then the poetry reading began — Schneeman pulled a scroll from her vagina, unfurled it, and read feminist writings to the attending audience.
Carolee Schneemann, Portrait Partials, 1970
I thought of the vagina in many ways— physically, conceptually: as a sculptural form, an architectural referent, the sources of sacred knowledge, ecstasy, birth passage, transformation. I saw the vagina as a translucent chamber of which the serpent was an outward model: enlivened by it’s passage from the visible to the invisible, a spiraled coil ringed with the shape of desire and generative mysteries, attributes of both female and male sexual power. This source of interior knowledge would be symbolized as the primary index unifying spirit and flesh in Goddess worship.