Traditionally we see the female body as the focus of sexuality, which also make an important innovative with an important an original message. Alexandra is tired of art and sex being so focused on women's bodies. Putting the sole focus on women's bodies can present them in a passive way. Alexandra's work alerts us to a new way of depicting women in art. In her work, women enjoy sex actively. It makes me wonder why we don't see more of it.
Rubenstein creates work from the point of view of women's pleasure. She paints famous sexy men, performing cunninglingus on women, from the pov of the woman who is being pleasured. In another series, "Thirsty," men's g******s are replaced with wall-mount bottle openers. And she make lots of beautiful paintings of penises. There is humor in her work which makes it smart, fun to look at and discuss
It was great to hear her experiences and thought process on how she began to do this work. One important life event for her was that her family moved to the U.S. from Russia when she was 9. The whole family had to start their life over from scratch. Being from Russia, having to learn English, not fitting in as a 9 year old is a lot for any child to manage. Alexandra is very smart, thoughtful, open and articulate in bringings us into understanding her experiences that inspired her work. A great example of a strong woman This episode was very impactful for me.