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“It doesn’t matter if someone is conservative within their sex life or down to get super freaky; sex-positivity is about being comfortable with yourself.”

Twenty-five-year-old artist Uncle Reezy is best known for her whimsical portraits that weave together erotic pop art and Italian Renaissance flair. Her brightly colored work playfully explores issues such as queer sexuality and representation. And with sites like Instagram closely monitoring NSFW content, especially when it includes LGBTQ folks, Reezy’s work is desperately needed and incredibly refreshing.

Mixing together the strange and unusual by placing animal heads on human bodies with rainbow genitals, floating heads, and hot pink and purple colors, her work is both fantastical and cool.

Art provided by Uncle Reezy

When catching up with the California-based artist, she got to talking about how she deals with social media censorship, representation, and making people uncomfortable.

“I like to show all sorts of people having sex every which way, because representation matters and it’s so important for people to not feel weird about themselves just because they don’t see depictions often enough (or at all) in the mainstream. My own relationship with my body and sexual experiences improved so much through art, and I’m happy I didn’t stop drawing,” Reezy told OUT FRONT.

An Uncle Reezy self-portrait

Promoting shameless sexual encounters, Reezy wants to make her audience—including the sexually profane realms of the internet and the prude—aware that there is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to sex or one’s body. As a self-taught artist, she recounts stories of growing up with minimal sex education. Some of the only spaces available to learn about sexuality and bodies were in school diagrams or pornography, both of which can be inaccurate or problematic.

Porn and sex ed also only cater to certain identities, and most of the time they exclude queer experiences. For Uncle Reezy, “queer, sex-positive art is so refreshing because the mainstream porn giants always depict queerness as a fetish rather than a normal sex experience. Art is a way for people to take back their sexuality.”

Scrolling through her website or Instagram one will be mesmerized by the myriad of tastes and preferences Reezy includes: BDSM, masturbation, full frontals, female ejaculation, all body shapes and sizes, amongst many others. There’s nothing that seems too far-fetched to be visually created.

 

“I want to establish in my work that all types of people have sex, and it’s all very normal,” she said.  

But this is not without setbacks, especially as Reezy continues to post her work online. She, like many other sex-positive artists, has experienced being locked out from Facebook and being victim of having content reported on Instagram. Often it seems that queer, sexual imagery gets reported more often than other postings that are more problematic like animal abuse or fascist promotion.

Despite this, Reezy continues making art that has a powerful message for individuals who feel alienated by pornography sites and restrictive school classrooms.

“Nobody should feel alienated because of their bodies and experiences, and social media has been such a powerful tool connecting people to let them know they are not alone in figuring out their bodies and sex. We may have to tone down our art sometimes, but it’s still worth it to be able to connect with so many humans and be able to hear from so many different voices,” Reezy said.

This type of art forces its viewers to come to terms with the fact that sex is positive, fun, colorful, and pleasurable—no matter one’s taste, size, or identity.

Art provided by Uncle Reezy

Moving forward with queer,sex-positive art activism, Reezy hopes to see art such as hers not forced into the peripheral margins of the internet. She wants to see “more queer sex videos made for queer people instead of content for straight people to jerk to. I wanna see positive sexual experiences for everyone involved on the front page of porn sites instead of videos portraying women as sex garbage cans. I wanna see more people taking to art to define their own experiences.”

Without visual representations of non-normative sexual practices and identities, an extensive portion of sex is being ignored, especially with the events that the U.S. has seen played out within the past two years in terms of sexual harassment and reproductive rights. The portrayals of queer, sex-positive interactions are needed now more than ever.

For LGBTQ artists, it’s not only about consent—it’s about disrupting ideas of judgement and preconceived notions about what is right, safe, or acceptable. And in this Trump-supporting, sexually bleak world, Uncle Reezy serves us the queer, NSFW content we all want and deserve.

“There’s no right way to be a human, so we all handle sexuality differently, and we can all benefit from exploring others’ experiences.”

Art provided by Uncle Reezy