Friends of Tom talk erotic artmaking in 2020

5th November 2020, 6:54 pm

You and I have both been through a lot as heavily marginalized people, and now we are documenting our pleasure and our happiness, and that feels really good.

– Carta Monir to Boarlord, YouTube Live, 2020 

 

The physical and psychological climate of 2020 as a year has created new, incredibly challenging circumstances under which to create erotic art today. In any environment throughout history, artists have depicted their worlds, or depicting their response to the worlds that they inhabit. Tom of Finland sought to do this clearly in both the art he created, as well as the community he inspired. In the World of TOM, we seek to continue reflecting on what it means to make erotic art now. 

As we enter the ninth month of quarantine in the United States and Canada while sitting in anticipation of the full United States election outcomes, the world we inhabit can feel increasingly uncertain, disrupted, and chaotic. These experiences can especially be the case for artists who work online, where shadowbanning and the targeting of marginalized bodies add censorship issues to the promotion and distribution of art. 

To survive financially as well as to connect across time and space, many artists, performers, and creators are working on paid online platforms, such OnlyFans and Patreon. These platforms are providing erotic artists with ways to express their sexual desire in ways that they control, blurring the lines between the artistic and the pornographic. 

Tom of Finland Foundation is proud to offer an online conversation between two erotic artists, Carta Monir and Anshuman Iddamsetty (Boarlord). The original talk was hosted on Thursday, October 29th at 6 pm PDT / 9 pm EDT on our YouTube channel. 

Carta is an award-winning artist, publisher, and porn performer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Anshuman is a Tkaronto-based fat artist, writer, podcast producer and erotic performer. His debut book, Hello Pig: Notes For a Fat Future, is forthcoming on Strange Light. 

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