Melanie Thibodeau is a 23-year-old graduate of Emily Carr University “a public post-secondary University located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Established in 1925 as the Vancouver School of Decorative and Applied Arts, it is named after Canadian artist Emily Carr.” What kind of lessons did Ms. Thibodeau learn there?
Melanie Thibodeau (b. 1992) is a Vancouver-based queer artist whose practice is focused around ideas about the body, having a body, and the ways in which materials and colour can affect one’s body. Their work is interdisciplinary, focusing on sculpture, painting, and installation, and they have previously worked with topics surrounding nostalgia and emotion; gender, sexuality, and feminism; and comfort vs. discomfort. Thibodeau’s recent investigations have been in conversation with research surrounding the notion of the fetish/fetishism, and the etymology and usages of that word.
Her “queer” art is about “gender, sexuality, and feminism”? This may explain what she posts on her Tumblr blog, such as spray-painting “Cuntz 4 Ever” and “Pussy Power” on the wall and exposing her breasts.
Ms. Thibodeau’s NSFW ideas about feminist art include such works as“Clitoris” and “Dildo” and “Fellatio.” She actually worked at a sex-toy store, where she described a “slow day at work. 7 customers in 12 hrs, and there’s no internet so i just read theory and wrote and got anxious about existing. i’ve changed so much, and have too many feels and theory and porn make me cry sometimes. . . . i need more humans in my life.” She once spent more than five hours getting a tattoo of a woman tied up in bondage gear with the mottos “Safety” and “Consent.”
Obviously, Ms. Thibodeau is the avant-garde of 21st-century queer art —posting nude selfies on her Tumblr blog and posing with her girlfriend, “Satan With a Vagina.” One hesitates to imagine the “performance art” possibilities she and her girlfriend may have in mind:
Crucifix dildos and “Satan With a Vagina”? Doesn’t this queer art make you wonder who’s in charge of Feminist Tumblr?
“Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. . . . He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that — do not listen.”
— The Exorcist (1973)
UPDATE: Ms. Thibodeau’s girlfriend, “Satan With a Vagina,” is also quite enthusiastic about the crucifix dildo:
This sacrilegious sex toy (7-½ inches long, 1-¾ inches diameter) retails for $65, but I doubt this queer feminist duo paid full retail. You see, “Satan With a Vagina” works at a sex-toy store in Vancouver, and here’s the store’s description:
At Sweet Adult Boutique our aim is to provide you with only the highest quality adult merchandise, lubricants and massage oils. Our staff are knowledgeable, attentive to your needs and your level of comfort in an adult boutique. . . .
Located one block east of Granville St., on the south side corner of W Broadway and Hemlock, Sweet Adult Boutique features an open, brightly lit and friendly atmosphere where shopping for adult merchandise is always adventurous and fun.
I went to a bondage class last night. I got suspended, tied up, thrown around…I took a beating. I really let my inner sub come out and play. It was incredibly fun and liberating….I still feel like I haven’t quite returned to my every day consciousness yet, and I’m happy to bask in the afterglow.
I feel like I’m learning and evolving more every day. I’m want to start tracking my thoughts, feelings and desires through this process. From now on I’m going to try my darnedest to tag all my BDSM-related posts “kinky journey”.
Less than two weeks after that “incredibly fun and liberating” experience, Alicia said she had reached her “breaking point” and described herself as “so mentally ill that I need drugs to remain functional.”
In other words, Feminist Tumblr.