NUDE ILLUSION
Inked|The Summer Issue
Joyce Lee deftly melds sex with surrealism
devon preston
Erotic art has been a facet of nearly every civilation for centuries, appearing everywhere from the Paleolithic cave paintings to the ruins of Pompeii. Social media allows artists to share their work and gain notoriety like never before; however, the biggest problem in their path is censorship. But Joyce Lee found the loophole, and that’s through surrealism. Lee has built an online platform as an erotic artist by putting the “art” before the “erotic” in her work, allowing common objects to become transformed into modern sexual metaphors. After all, hoodwinking social institutions comes with the territory of calling yourself an artist.

What inspired you to begin creating sexual art and how did social media respond to it? I’ve always loved drawing the human body. I especially like painting the face and body of a beautiful woman in a gothic and mysterious mood. I practice a lot to better draw the human face and body parts.

One day I whimsically tried combining a human hand and foot with a woman’s breast and man's genitalia and the visual effect of a strange and bizarre creature was surprisingly intense. The number of followers on my social media increased after posting this picture. It was really by sheer random chance that I found my talent in erotic art.

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