Sploshing by Celeste Juliet (she/her) explores modes of sexuality that allow for the unusual, uncertain and ambivalent
Sploshing was filmed in the mangroves of Adelaide’s northern outskirts. It was made with a collaborator whom I met through fetlife.com. Looking back, we met at a time where our understandings of self were shifting, perhaps both unlearning situational pain around sex, the self and society. For them, sploshing is an exploration of that, and for me, a way to explore modes of sexuality in a playful and light space. And even though I recognise women become erotic within directed gaze (thanks society), I don’t see this as an erotic act, but rather an intervention with sex that doesn’t end in flesh, or a cum shot, or a climax, but allows room for the unusual, uncertainty and ambivalence. Normalcy and the concept that it takes a certain shape is such a lie.
Celeste Juliet is an artist, musician and performer working across sculpture, video, installation, live art-action performance and music. Her work has often explored power, the erotic and the female body, and contemporary popular, counter and girl-culture. She favours dichotomous pairings – girly frivolity / fetish, natural / industrial, glamour / grotesque.