“With my work, I’m trying to find out what female sexuality would look like in a matriarchy. What would porn look like if it wasn’t influenced by centuries of oppression of female desire and if it was made purely for women, by other women?” asks oil painter Alexandra Rubinstein. Originally from Russia, Rubinstein came to United States in 1997, and spent some time in Tucson, Erie, and Pittsburgh before settling down in Brooklyn.

Rubinstein focuses on pornography because it seems to be “a pretty clear, direct representation of societal dynamics, beliefs, and practices.” Her on-going explorations include Looking for Mr. Goodsex, a series of paintings of uncropped stills taken from vintage porn films made during the Golden Age of Porn (when women’s faces were more emphasized in videos), and Muff Diver, a series of light-hearted, humorous takes on the various slang terms for cunnilingus.

"Still 13," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 13” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“I think humor strengthens any message or idea, helps spread it, and makes everything more enjoyable and entertaining,” says Rubinstein. “The greater purpose of the [Muff Diver] series is to bring light to an underrepresented sexual act, in pornography, film, and sometimes the bedroom.” She notes that cunnilingus in general is more taboo than fellatio in the United States. For example, any movie featuring cunnilingus will automatically receive an NC-17 rating, whereas a movie with fellatio will only receive an R rating. For Rubinstein, this differentiation “just plays into a patriarchal representation of female sexuality which we’re still all victims of, despite other advancements in women’s rights and strives for gender equality.”

To connect with Alexandra Rubinstein, head over to her official website: http://alexandrarubinstein.com

"Still 18" from "Looking for Mr. Goodsex," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 18” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

"Still 11" from "Looking for Mr. Goodsex," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 11” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

"Still 23" from "Looking for Mr. Goodsex," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 23” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

"Still 31" from "Looking for Mr. Goodsex," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 31” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

"Still 33" from "Looking for Mr. Goodsex," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

“Still 33” from “Looking for Mr. Goodsex,” 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

"Muff Diver," 16 x 20, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

From “Muff Diver,” 18 x 18, Oil on Canvas by Alexandra Rubinstein

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