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            april 19 - may 19

Lucy Jackson

‘i feel numb, i guess i must be having fun’







Cuddled together to create an intense and overwhelming sense of intimacy, a group of 52 paintings explore the feeling of Post-coital dysphoria after sex.

Post-coital dysphoria, also known as Post-coital tristesse, is the feeling of deep anxiety, sadness and discouragement that accumulates after having sexual intercourse or masturbation. (Lack of) scientific research has found it hard to pinpoint the root cause of PCD, but it can be linked to past sexual abuse/trauma, societial constraints or breaking the bond after sex.






 

“There is a constant pressure from society that sex, and the body, is something to be ashamed of and hide. This opression that society puts on itself to feel guilt for enjoying leisurely sexual experiences, is uncomfortable.

You feel inherently guilty because it’s less about the act of reproduction, it is purely for pleasure and self gain - and with that comes sadness, frustration and shame. I really wanted to spotlight the feeling that sexual shame causes, as it’s not a hugely spoken about topic and there is a solitude to it.”




“You feel inherently guilty because it’s less about the act of reproduction, it is purely for pleasure and self gain”



Executed with flesh coloured oil paints on paper, each depicts a multiplicity of sexual pleasure and the sensation of touch. Multiple body parts and moments from sexual intercourse transgress into an ominous black, documenting the darkness of dysphoria.




singular dimensions variable / 1.8m x 0.37m / oil on paper / 2021




Lucy Jackson, i feel numb, i guess i must be having fun
Email: l.jackson0220201@arts.ac.uk

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