Plopegg, was an art performance done by the Swiss artist Milo Moire at the German art fair in 2014. Moire stood naked in front of an audience on a pair of stepladders outside of the German art fair, where she proceeded to squeeze paint-filled eggs out of her vagina onto a blank canvas beneath her; hence the “Plop”. The egg slowly leaves her natal canal and smashes onto the canvas, while red color proceeds to flow out. She then repeats this with different colored eggs sequentially until an abstract piece of art is formed. The nudity, and action of pushing these paint-filled eggs out of her body, is so the audience can experience a whole piece of art about to mature and enter the world. The underlying theme of this powerful statement is about women, fertility, and creativity. Moire’s vision, is that she wanted to depict the “birth” of a picture. She shared that her artistic expression is led by intuition, and “To create art, I use THE original source of the femininity – my vagina”. Public nudity aside, this is a very interesting take on art and one that I would have never thought even existed.

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Taylor Schweer

29 thoughts on “Plopegg

  1. I can understand the sentiment behind the piece and admire the artist for her comfortability in performing such a piece, which I believe many would not have. What intrigued me about this was that she did not get in trouble. It is interesting to consider the differences in culture and what is acceptable in terms of nudity and other laws.

  2. Performance art is always interesting. This particular piece calls individuals to consider their discomfort with aspects of femininity such as birth, reproduction, and the organs involved in the creation of life. There is always the element of shock in order to capture the audiences attention and create controversy

  3. Performance art is always incredibly interesting. This particular piece calls individuals to consider their discomfort with aspects of femininity such as birth, reproduction and the organs involved in the creation of life. There is always the element of shock in order to capture the audiences attention and create controversy.

  4. This art is definitely different than anything I’ve ever seen before. The artist was able to create something that has kind of been a taboo topic. Using her femininity and her actual body to bring the topic of birth is very unique and has a deep meaning. I feel like a lot of pregnancy/birthing experiences aren’t spoken about as much as they should be. By using her body she also controls how her body is viewed – she’s not naked because she wants to be sexualized, she’s naked because she is sending an important message.

  5. Art is something that I never truly understood much. How do you define a worth of art? If there are two drawing that are next to each other why is one worth $10 while the other a million? Anything created by another person can be an art. Anyone can justify anything as art at this point. Although I see the vision of what Moire is trying to accomplish with “birthing art” using her vagina since that is what is used to give birth to a life. Still the absurdity of her doing this in the name of art is shocking. I don’t really see the appeal. What I see as good art is something that when I look at it, it shows that someone spend a lot of time making this art and something that is so amazing that not a normal people can be able to create. Not something you can do in a few minutes and call it art. That is why this piece of Moire is something that some people might see as art but not me.

  6. Art is something that I never truly understood much. How do you define a worth of art? If there are two drawing that are next to each other why is one worth $10 while the other a million? Anything created by another person can be an art. Anyone can justify anything as art at this point. Although I see the vision of what Moire is trying to accomplish with “birthing art” using her vagina since that is what is used to give birth to a life. Still the absurdity of her doing this in the name of art is shocking. I don’t really see the appeal. What I see as good art is something that when I look at it, it shows that someone spend a lot of time making this art and something that is so amazing that not a normal people can be able to create. Not something you can do in a few minutes and call it art.

  7. I understand the message that this artist is conveying through the egg-plop art, but I feel as if the nudity is a little too extreme for a message that could have been expressed through other means as it is really subjective. Or, maybe the lengths taken were necessary for the art to be as impactful as it could be, at an art fair I’m sure everyone consented to experience this. Great work from Moire.

  8. Performative art has always been very interesting to me. I applaud Moire for showing such a deep message within her artwork. This is something that is a little too much for me, but that can show that her work is making a message. This wasn’t designed to make the audience comfortable, but in turn feel uncomfortable and try to understand the message behind it. So my reaction to this piece is what Moire was looking for, so I applaud that

  9. This performance challenges societal taboos surrounding female nudity and addresses the power dynamics inherent in artistic representation. Moire’s decision to use her vagina as the “original source” of her artistic expression is a bold statement, reclaiming female sexuality and challenging traditional notions of creativity and the artistic process. Through “Plopegg,” Moire highlights the profound link between women’s bodies, fertility, and the creation of life. By bringing forth colorful eggs from within herself, she visually represents the transformative and generative aspects of the female body. The act of “birth” becomes a metaphor for the artistic process, as the eggs break and release their vibrant contents onto the canvas, resulting in an abstract piece of art.

  10. Nudity has always been a large part of art, think of all the paintings, sculptures, frescos, and architecture that displays the nudity of women and men. In light of this, why is it considered distasteful nowadays? Performance art has become more common in the last century which introduced a new way to present nudity in an art form. Was Moire committing a criminal act if her public nudity was part of her performance art? Where is the line between freedom of expression and breaking the law? These questions are of course subjective to each person’s opinions, but to that I say: Why do you care about what she does with her body? Why not just look away and walk away from the performance? Do you feel responsible to report her art as a crime or will you allow authorities to make that decision?

  11. This performance challenges societal taboos surrounding female nudity and addresses the power dynamics inherent in artistic representation. Moire’s decision to use her vagina as the “original source” of her artistic expression is a bold statement, reclaiming female sexuality and challenging traditional notions of creativity and the artistic process. Through “Plopegg,” Moire highlights the profound link between women’s bodies, fertility, and the creation of life. By bringing forth colorful eggs from within herself, she visually represents the transformative and generative aspects of the female body. The act of “birth” becomes a metaphor for the artistic process, as the eggs break and release their vibrant contents onto the canvas, resulting in an abstract piece of art.

  12. Despite the creativity and originality (maybe?) of this form of artistic expression, it is not my cup of tea. The message behind it sounds powerful, but I don’t think the delivery was representative of the message (of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion). I do not think that plopping out eggs from the vaginal canal is very representative of feminity or fertility. I also do not agree with the statement the artist made “To create art, I use THE original source of the femininity – my vagina” – feminity may look different for different people and it does not have a single source as stated by her: “THE original source”.

  13. I admire the strength the artist has, both mentally and physically. To be able to unravel herself in the judgemental and unsettling world right now requires so much thoughts and courage. Her depiction of birth is also done very beautifully, and I agree so much with one of the commenters where the way some people perceive this as vulgar signifies the kind of stigma that persists in our society. Some stereotypes and gender cues have to go.

  14. Although explicit, this piece demonstrates the artist’s views on femininity and what it means to create art. Although many critics might challenge her views on femininity and giving birth, to be inclusive, although politically correct, would limit her actual views on what it means to create art. This piece isn’t something I personally would be comfortable with, but the discomfort speaks volumes on how women and men are viewed differently, especially how women give birth is an uncomfortable topic and one that I currently don’t want to experience.

  15. This art is too expressive for me. Specifically, its nude nature is more than I could handle. In addition, it’s explicit nature makes it inaccessible to the youth, as if it happened in America, the artist would be arrested for indecent exposure before the second plopegg. However, this piece, without a doubt, beautifully demonstrates how a piece is born. It does use the traditional values of a woman giving birth, but I’m sure that’s to express the traditional values of art and womanhood that the artist grew up with, and thus is the best way for the artist to demonstrate how a piece like that is made. The powerful and controversial imagery strongly demonstrates the artist’s own views on how her pieces are made, and her views on femininity are expressed through this piece.

  16. Ultimately as a unique, unprecedented take on femininity and creativity, this piece pushes the boundaries of conventional art standards. Having the audience experience the creation of art as opposed to the product illuminates the multidimensionality of femininity and fertility. However, identifying her genitalia as an “original source of femininity” excludes the femininity of countless women that choose or are not able to identify femininity or fertility with their respective genitalia. The piece is an important work that truly depicts an individuals intersectional relationship with femininity, creativity, and fertility. Comparatively, it would be interesting to examine how other artists differ in their understandings of these same themes.

  17. This art performance undoubtedly evokes strong reactions and challenges traditional notions of artistic expression. Although Moire has an unconventional approach, art has long been a platform for artists to explore various aspects of human existence. This performance pushes boundaries and aims to explore the intersection of femininity, creativity, and fertility in a very real and literal way. The explicit nature of this art is a very effective method of attracting attention and gaining awareness for her cause.

  18. This was a very thought provoking piece. I liked her creativity and expression of femininity. My only critique is her wording that femininity came from her v*gina (i cannot publish my comment without a censor). Femininity today is not solely about biological genitalia, femininity can mean a multitude of different things to different people. Even those who present as masculine possess feminine energy to a certain extent. That being said, her piece was very interesting and out of the ordinary. I liked how she tied her artwork into both fertility and creativity. I think it’s empowering to see other women take hold of their femininity and express what it means to them.

  19. I liked how thought provoking this piece was. My only critique with it is how she described femininity’s source being vaginas. My problem with this statement is that people of all walks of life can be feminine and explore femininity, not just people with vaginas. I think it’s important to acknowledge biological genitals are not what equate one with being feminine or possessing feminine energy. Nonetheless, I think her piece was still very creative and pushed the boundaries of what society deems as normal or modern art. I appreciated and heard her message through this art performance, but still hope the association between biological autonomy and feminine/masculine labels are used less.

  20. This was a very thought provoking piece. I liked her creativity and expression of femininity. My only critique is her wording that femininity came from ‘vaginas’. Femininity today is not solely about biological genitalia, femininity can mean a multitude of different things to different people. Even those who present as masculine possess feminine energy to a certain extent. That being said, her piece was very interesting and out of the ordinary. I liked how she tied her artwork into both fertility and creativity. I think it’s empowering to see other women take hold of their femininity and express what it means to them.

  21. The more I think about this piece, the more I admire Moire. I believe that bodies, especially women’s bodies, are hyper-sexualized, stigmatized, and not viewed with the respect that they should be. Bodies are incredible, as shown by the birthing process, and I think Moire confronts those societal taboos head on, which takes guts. I will disagree with the wording about original femininity being the vagina, as I think the sentiment is not inclusive of transgender people who have the same claim to femininity as cisgender people, but I am sure that is not what Moire meant, just another aspect to consider. Overall, pretty powerful and a performance piece that will stick with viewers!

  22. This is interesting to say the least. This form of art is a little too out there for me, but I applaud the confidence of this woman in the pursuit of her craft. I prefer a little more conservative of an approach to art, not just public nudity.

  23. The birthing aspect is utterly poetic. As I read more of these articles I cant help but wonder what mental characteristics these artists have to have such gawl. Their bravery and confidence in doing these exhibition pieces are beyond me. I can’t even begin to think about being so serious about an art form that I put my body on display in public view. It never ceases to amaze me; the bravery of it all and the creativity of the piece itself.

  24. This piece of art is definitely something that attracts an audience and makes you think more uniquely about something such as the “birth” of an artwork. I am sure both the artist and audience were able to take something away from this experience and were able to think more abstractly about a woman’s fertility, creation, and artistic expression.

  25. Performative art can be received differently based on how it is delivered and this was an interesting take on portraying the message the artist intended. It seems like it is an entirely original idea and the artist had even said she was led by intuition. It’s amazing that she is able to carry out her ideas no matter how extreme it might be for some.

  26. The performance art piece “Plopegg” by Swiss artist Milo Moire at the German art fair in 2014 is a provocative and unconventional exploration of art, femininity, and creativity. By using her body and the act of squeezing paint-filled eggs from her vagina onto a canvas, Moire creates an abstract representation of the birth of a picture, inviting the audience to witness the process. While the nudity and explicit nature of the performance may be controversial, it undeniably sparks discussions about the boundaries of art and challenges traditional notions of artistic expression.

  27. This is definitely one of the most unique forms of art I have ever seen. I believe the artist’s theme was very creative and meaningful. She uses her feminine features to express femininity and how it can be used to create art. I know for sure that this would not be allowed in this US at all due to cultural differences and different standards, but this art direction is unique. It reminded me about how one European country had girls that painted themselves in order to protest, it was also from last year as well.

  28. The process of creating this piece of art expressed the intersectionality of femininity, art, nudity, and criminality. The direct exposure of the nude body and the action of pushing eggs out of the artist’s body were visually captivating and stimulating, inviting the audience to consider the formation of the artwork and the meaning of birth. At the same time, the name of this piece of art, “plopegg”, was attractive and precise. Whether this form of public nudity for the art purpose counts as a crime or if this artist supposes to be arrested remains a question for me. However, overall, this piece of art challenged the traditional form of artistic expression while providing the audience with a poignant perspective on fertility. This is really interesting and creative.

  29. This is a very interesting take on art creation… the process requires much dedication, so for the artist to be so willing, is very interesting. I also think it’s important to note that it’s quite surprising, not the fact that it happened, but the reasoning for it, in this socio-political climate is very unorthodox. I expected it to be related to abortions and how the female body sacrifices a future in producing a career by having to care for a child, the actual reasoning although more absurd was refreshing. Then again, once out, art can be anything the viewers see it as.

    Very interesting!

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