Callie’s paintings deal with the viscera of human sexuality as well as the literal, anatomically correct depictions of the inner organs: a penis entering a vagina, the human spine, a tongue on a clitoris or a nipple. The feelings of arousal, anxiety, pleasure, and pain are made visual with swirling shapes and vibrant colors. Her paintings turn the inside out, revealing the physically and psychologically internal parts of sex, much of which is hidden, feared, punished, bastardized, commodified, and controlled for the sake of commerce and power.
What leads you to focus on sex, especially the inner organs in your work?
Sex has always been something that’s interested me. Human sexuality is so fascinating and varied, and eventually, I’d like to be a certified sex educator. My work focuses on the internal aspects of sexuality, both the internal organs as well as the emotions that are catalyzed by sex. So much of our emotions are tied up in our internal organs, particularly our brains, hearts, and intestines. We feel our emotions in our guts, we experience heartbreak, our heart overflows, we become aroused by our own thoughts. Aside from that, human organs are also aesthetically interesting and sensual; curvy flowing organic shapes with folds and crevices.