Beyond its power to titillate, good erotic art can make powerful, sex-positive social statements. Just look at how the genre has flourished on Instagram: Tons of artists with hundreds of thousands of followers have, for the last few years, been showing their huge audiences new ways to think about love, sex, and intimacy—often at the risk of getting their accounts deleted for being in violation of Instagram's decidedly anti-nipple community guidelines. We decided to talk to the women behind the profiles, seeking out 11 of the best-known erotica artists on Instagram and asking them about the statements they want to make, the sex art they're creating, and how they're able to showcase it in front of such a big audience without getting their profiles suspended. These 11 artists come from all over the world and have a lot of stylistic differences, but they all share an ability to make really sexy art—and promote sex and body positivity in the process. Tell me about your background as an artist.
My art has no boundaries because I was moving them gradually with each painting I made. I started drawing erotic art in when I realized I need to draw what I want — I need to break the stigma around porn and female sexuality. People on the Internet react very positively to my art and even if some of them send me dick pics — I just block and forget about it, but I know that some women get attacked and abused by stalkers who traced their location online. Generally I think gender is not an issue anymore in erotic art, moreover, female artists are well greeted and have large audiences online, they have their personal exhibitions and etc. Also watercolor helps to show sexual act as something very expressive, beautiful and mesmerizing. The process of transforming a movie scene into art fascinates me. Oh yeah, definitely, as I am selling my prints and originals — I am well aware of people being ready to hang this art in their homes.