Aimee Vue likes to delve into the taboo. Her work explores the intricacies and vulnerabilities surrounding bodies, sensuality and sex. “Through my art, I try to be more honest with myself and with the world,” she says. Indeed, her inspiration for her work takes root in her daily life and personal experiences. Her desire to take a frank look at what sexuality is and what role it plays in people’s lives is mixed with humor and fantasy.
Her “voyeur series” tackles the subject of sexuality as a part of everyday life. “I’m constantly doodling or drawing and I tend to draw the back of people’s heads.” In this series of prints, these heads become fictional characters with unspoken desires and vulnerabilities. Aimee engages the viewer in the act of catching these characters thinking or looking at something risqué. As such, with this touch of humor, Aimee’s work calls for a moment of self-reflection for the viewer as they are gently confronted with taboo subjects.
Another example of her work is her print “Progression of a Nude,” which is derived from a series of ten pictures she took of herself as a part of her personal sex life. Indeed, she noticed a distinct progression throughout the pictures she had sent—clothes had been shed and positions had been taken in steps. There was a narrative, however unconscious it might have been. This apparent arch eventually gave way to “Progression of a Nude”: three steps or elements of the capturing of a naked selfie.
As such, though Aimee’s work wields a certain amount of shock value, it also conveys a vulnerability and a deep introspection about her own body and her relationship with sex. “Sexuality has been a very important thing that has been a part of my life,” Aimee says.
“My art is an exploration of my sexual and dating experiences, how these things cultivate who I am as a person and the things that I’m comfortable talking about very openly,”
Aimee uses art both as a healing tool and a way to process potentially emotionally taxing experiences in her own sex life. Her artwork is the inevitable result of a long process of self-reflection in which she engages in an effort to be more vulnerable and honest.
“There’s a lot to be said about people who explore kinks and how that factors in their life because I feel like it’s another layer, a different part of yourself that can be paired with sex. And that can be incredibly emotional. I want to really study what is deep down in our heads and being able to bring that out and talk about it in an intimate caring space. I think that’s really important to me.” she said.
One of the ways that Aimee aims to bring out her viewer’s vulnerabilities vis-à-vis sex is by being as upfront as possible about various aspects of her life. As such, though Aimee’s art is sometimes eye-popping in its explicitness, it is explicit in an effort to be more vulnerable and raw.