Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Cydra Vaux

The Holy Act of Cleansing

The Holy Act of Cleansing

Cydra Vaux. The Holy Act of Cleansing, 2009.

I made this piece in 2008 before I was diagnosed with liver cancer. In retrospect, this piece adds an even deeper appreciation of the body’s ability to rid itself of urine waste. I wonder if my body knew in 2008 that my liver was sick. At this time I had a blood test that showed a slight elevation. My doctor reassured me that the discrepancy was caused by medication I was taking. He was wrong, very wrong. On the side of this piece, Gothic windows suggest the spirituality of a church, and below them are public toilets, like the ones found in Rome.


religion, yoni, urination, architecture, sculpture, cancer, toilet

Leaving Perdah and the Palace of WindThe Holy Act of CleansingCancan Girls: Baubo and DemeterArdhanariswara / Tennis Everyone!Which ChurchCreation StoryJana (goddess of the past and future)

Altar Piece with Fish and FlowersPope Joan with Miter Hats, Ganesh and BouboLiver Cancer Self Portrait with Life and Death in the Segan Semui-in Mudra

Pittsburgh, PA


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