Speaking of making things happen, today I did my coming out. I am now irrevocably Rain Robert.
Here’s what I wanna say about my work as I’m thinking of it from the perspective of my friends and family:
My work challenges the notion that my sexuality needs to be private and that making it public is shameful or perverse or pornographic.
It questions the assumption that a woman’s arousal is something that must exist for profit, that the expression of her eroticism cannot simply be for her own pleasure and discovery.
It explores freedom of expression and freedom of consumption, freedom to show or to watch, to share or to judge.
My videos can look deceptively simple, there’s no artistry, no storyline, no real editing, no makeup job to hide behind. No specific talent, just real felt explicitness. Emotional, physical, sexual.
What do I see when I look at myself? What do you see when you look at me? When I look at my camera, am I seeing myself or am I looking at you watching me?
What does exposure mean? Where does the power lie? Is it the truth? What is beauty? What isn’t beauty? What is art? What isn’t art?
Is there such a thing as being overexplicit? An overindulgence? An imposition? Am I crossing a line? Why? What does it say about me? What does it say about you? What does it say about us?
May we feel free to ask the questions. May we feel free to not know the answers.