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Artist's book - Vulva's morphia

Vulva's morphia

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    New York (State) (published)

  • Date:

    1997 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schneemann, Carolee, born 1939 (artist)
    Granary Books (publisher)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Schneemann is a multidisciplinary artist and pioneer of performance and installation art, her work frequently concerning gender issues, sexuality and cultural taboos.

Vulva's Morphia tells the ironic and amusing story of the education of Vulva, an innocent, who initially "reads biology and understands she is an amalgam of proteins and oxytocin hormones which govern all her desires". Vulva's education progresses rapidly as she "deciphers Lacan and Baudrillard" along with other patriarchal discourses, encounters anti-female grafitti, tussles with the male art establishment and finally, ever the keen student, decodes feminist constructivist semiotics to discover that "even her erotic sensations are constructed by patriarchal projections, impositions and conditioning …"

The progress of Vulva's education is documented through means of a single line of uppercase text goose-stepping along the bottom of each page and illustrated with multifarious depictions of female genitalia, both literal and oblique, ranging from erotic primitive art to medical illustrations, and enclosed in a sumptuous binding of crushed rose velvet.

Physical description

Artist's book issued in plexiglass slipcase.

"Edition of 35 [signed copies] on Hahnemühle premium velour ... printed by Philip Gallo and bound by Jill Jevne ..." -Colophon.

Plates pasted in. Colour illustrations.

Boards bound in red velvet.

39 pages.

Place of Origin

New York (State) (published)


1997 (published)


Schneemann, Carolee, born 1939 (artist)
Granary Books (publisher)


Height: 29 cm

Descriptive line

Artist's book, 'Vulva's morphia', by Carolee Schneemann, Granary Books, New York, 1997


Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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